Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10216/94566
Author(s): Cristina Carvalho Mesquita
Jose Carlos Ribeiro
Pedro Moreira
Title: EFFECT OF A SPECIFIC EXERCISE PROGRAM ON THE STRENGTH AND RESISTANCE LEVELS OF LUMBAR MUSCLES IN WAREHOUSE WORKERS
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: Objective: The aim of this study was to verify the influence of a specific exercise program on the strength and resistance levels of lumbar flexors and extensors in warehouse workers. Materials and Methods: The population used in this randomized controlled trial included 557 warehouse male workers from a food distribution company in Oporto/Portugal. Upon the application of the selection criteria, 98 workers deemed eligible were randomized in two groups: 57 were assigned to the intervention group and 41 to the control group. The intervention included 9 easily-executed exercises to promote stretching and strengthening of the lumbar region, to be executed daily, at the beginning of the working time, at the company facilities and lasting 8'. Trunk muscles' voluntary strength and resistance were measured using an isometric electronic dynamometer (Globus Ergometer, Globus, Codigne, Italy) at baseline and eleven months after implementing the exercise program. The data was analyzed using SPSS (R), version 17.0. Results: After implementation of the exercise program, in the intervention group, all variables increased, significant differences were observed as for the muscle strength and resistance values (p = 0.014 and p = 0.006, respectively), as well as in the ratio extensors/flexors (p = 0.037). In the control group, all variables decreased, with a statistically significant decrease of the trunk flexors strength level (p = 0.009). Conclusion: The results of this study suggest that a specific exercise intervention program can increase trunk extensors strength and resistance.
Subject: Ciências da Saúde, Ciências da saúde
Health sciences, Health sciences
Scientific areas: Ciências médicas e da saúde::Ciências da saúde
Medical and Health sciences::Health sciences
URI: https://repositorio-aberto.up.pt/handle/10216/94566
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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