Health responses of Vietnam Veterans to a 12-month exercise training programme

Leicht, A.S., and Kerr, R.M. (2002) Health responses of Vietnam Veterans to a 12-month exercise training programme. In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (5) p. 24. From: 2002 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12-16 October 2002, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Forty-nine Australian ex-servicemen who served during the Vietnam War (age 55.0 ± 4.8 yr; height 174.3 ± 6.5 cm; mass 96.5 ± 18.3 kg) volunteered for this study. All subjects had medical clearance to undertake a regular exercise programme. Resting heart rate (HR) and blood pressure (BP), anthropometric measures and estimated VO2max (modified Astrand) were obtained at 0, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months of the training programme. General health was determined by questionnaire (RAND 36-item Health Survey) prior to and following the 12-month training programme. The training programme consisted of aerobic and resistance exercise, 1 to 2 days per week, as well as regular educational sessions on diet, disease and rehabilitation. Significant changes in variables were determined by repeated measures ANOVA and Tukey's HSD, or a paired t-test. Thirty-two subjects (65%) completed the programme and demonstrated significant improvements (p<O.01) in resting systolic (-8%) and diastolic BP (-11%), anthropometric measures (-2 to -31%) and VO2max (+10%). Nineteen subjects completed the general health questionnaire and demonstrated significant (p<0.05) improvements in physical health/functioning (+31%) and rating of own general health (+60%). A 12-month programme of regular exercise incorporating educational sessions significantly improved the health and quality of life for Vietnam Veterans.

Item ID: 15940
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
ISBN: 978-1-875334-10-0
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Published in Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2002 Supplement

Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2012 00:08
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 81 DEFENCE > 810102 Army @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 50%
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