SPINNING classes can improve walking among osteoarthritis sufferers, a study has revealed.
The study by Star Trac and Mad Dogg Athletics, accepted for presentation at the World Conference for Physical Therapy, found that one in two people with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis demonstrated improvements in walking performance after completing a 12-week spinning program.
Kelly Krohn, MD, the study’s primary investigator said: “We know that the gait abnormalities symptomatic of knee osteoarthritis can impact mobility and quality of life. Yet research examining the Spinning program’s potential to improve these issues had not been previously conducted.”
Forty-one volunteers aged 37-74 with knee osteoarthritis were assigned to a Spinning program. Subjects were evaluated for baseline fitness by measuring VO2 max, target heart rate zones and gait pattern.
At least twice per week for 12 weeks, 41 volunteers aged 37-74 with confirmed knee osteoarthritis participated in supervised spinning classes designed to maximise aerobic fitness while limiting direct knee joint stress.
Classes progressed from 40 to 60 minutes and included warm-ups, fast-cadence pedaling, simulated hill climbs, cool-downs and stretching. Using a heart rate monitor, subjects were instructed to remain within 70-75 per cent of their predicted maximum heart rate.
Measurements taken after 12 weeks showed that participants saw greater improvements in walking performance than the control group.
A spokesman said: “This study provides evidence that the spinning indoor group cycling program is a viable long-term option for people with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis and one that may improve their quality of life.”
Go backPosted on 1st November 2007