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Immunoendocrine responses of male spinal cord injured athletes to 1-hour self-paced exercise: Pilot study

Judith E. Allgrove, PhD, et al.

Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) tend to suffer from recurrent infections of the respiratory tract, urinary tract, and skin. Intense exercise in nondisabled individuals can have a detrimental effect on immune function, while moderate exercise may enhance immunity. The current study demonstrates that 1 h self-paced upper-body exercise in individuals with SCI enhanced some aspects of the immune system, while others remained unchanged. This suggests that exercise may confer some resistance to infection, in addition to the other well-known health benefits. These preliminary findings provide further support for the role of exercise in promoting health in this special population.

Volume 49 Number 6, 2012
   Pages 925 — 934


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Allgrove JE, Chapman M, Christides T, Smith
PM. Immunoendocrine responses of male spinal cord injured athletes to 1-hour self-paced exercise: Pilot study. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(6):925–34.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.06.0105
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