Honors Theses


Anne R. Crecelius


Health and Sport Science

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In this study, ischemic preconditioning (exposing various tissues to low oxygen environments by limiting blood flow before exercise) was employed in order to investigate its effects on exercise performance on a stationary bicycle. In this case, the preconditioning involved exposing the legs to a low oxygen environment via two large blood pressure cuffs acting as tourniquets for a period of time before exercise. During this process we measured several different things such as heart rate, blood pressure, and cardiac output, all components of the body’s overall response to exercise and one specific component, known as the metaboreflex. In comparing the effects of IPC to a control condition, the IPC was determined to have a significant effect on the metaboreflex, specifically by limiting the body’s increase in blood pressure during exercise.

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