Volume 51 Number 10, 2014
Pages 1537 — 1544
Abstract — The purpose of this study was to examine unilateral lower-limb exercise tolerance during fixed-load cycling to quantify performance disparities of the legs. Eight individuals with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) and seven controls performed submaximal single-leg cycling. Individuals with MS performed significantly more work with the stronger leg than the weaker leg (stronger leg: 6.4 +/??? 1.7 kJ, weaker leg: 4.7 +/??? 2.5 kJ, p = 0.02). The control group displayed no statistical differences between limbs (p = 0.36). These results highlight a need for individualized exercise testing when prescribing training programs for those with MS.
Key words: bilateral, exercise prescription, leg performance, leg performance disparities, lower limb, lower-limb exercise, MS, multiple sclerosis, muscle, work.
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