The Risk in Exercise Training

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Rebecca Battista Ph.D, Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Although exercise training is unequivocally of benefit relative to the risk of cardiovascular disease, there is a definable risk of complications during exercise training. In younger individuals, the risk is almost exclusively related to the presence of congenital abnormalities, whereas in older (~40 years) individuals,the risk is largely related to atherosclerotic disease. In both groups, the risk of the underlying pathology leading to clinical presentation is increased by higher intensity exercise. In older individuals, preexercise screening is of potential benefi t but is not generally well done. Exercise prescription should favor lower intensity exercise during the early weeks of an exercise program. Subjective methods, which do not rely on the results of an exercise test, including the Rating of Perceived Exertion and the Talk Test, are to be recommended because preliminary exercise testing is performed inconsistently. There are inadequate data regarding the spontaneous exercise training intensity in both healthy individuals and patients.

Additional Information

Carl Foster, John P. Porcari, Rebecca A. Battista, Brian Udermann, Glenn Wright, and Alejandro Lucia (2008) "The Risk in Exercise Training" American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine vol. 2 #4 Version of Record (DOI:10.1177/1559827608317274)
Language: English
Date: 2008
exercise training, myocardial infarction, sudden death, exercise prescription

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