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Running exercise strengthens the intervertebral disc

Belavý, Daniel L, Quittner, Matthew J, Ridgers, Nicola, Ling, Yuan, Connell, David and Rantalainen, Timo 2017, Running exercise strengthens the intervertebral disc, Scientific reports, vol. 7, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1038/srep45975.

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Title Running exercise strengthens the intervertebral disc
Author(s) Belavý, Daniel LORCID iD for Belavý, Daniel L orcid.org/0000-0002-9307-832X
Quittner, Matthew J
Ridgers, NicolaORCID iD for Ridgers, Nicola orcid.org/0000-0001-5713-3515
Ling, Yuan
Connell, David
Rantalainen, TimoORCID iD for Rantalainen, Timo orcid.org/0000-0001-6977-4782
Journal name Scientific reports
Volume number 7
Article ID 45975
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-04-19
ISSN 2045-2322
2045-2322
Keyword(s) Medical research
Physiology
Intervertebral discs (IVDs)
Running exercise
Physical activity
Science & technology
Multidisciplinary sciences
Science & technology - other topics
In vivo
Degeneration
Injuries
Regions
Life
Summary There is currently no evidence that the intervertebral discs (IVDs) can respond positively to exercise in humans. Some authors have argued that IVD metabolism in humans is too slow to respond anabolically to exercise within the human lifespan. Here we show that chronic running exercise in men and women is associated with better IVD composition (hydration and proteoglycan content) and with IVD hypertrophy. Via quantitative assessment of physical activity we further find that accelerations at fast walking and slow running (2 m/s), but not high-impact tasks, lower intensity walking or static positions, correlated to positive IVD characteristics. These findings represent the first evidence in humans that exercise can be beneficial for the IVD and provide support for the notion that specific exercise protocols may improve IVD material properties in the spine. We anticipate that our findings will be a starting point to better define exercise protocols and physical activity profiles for IVD anabolism in humans.
Language eng
DOI 10.1038/srep45975
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30094317

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