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Exercise Testing Lab

The Exercise Testing Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Kurt Mossberg, has the capacity to perform cardiorespiratory stress testing in most individuals with disability. Currently, research is focused on the study of specific exercise programs for those with acquired brain injury and individuals who use wheelchairs for the majority of community locomotion. Studies are underway to develop reliable and valid aerobic fitness tests using specific treadmill, wheelchair-treadmill and arm cranking protocols. In addition, previous studies have examined the effectiveness of unique arm exercise training programs. It is hypothesized that improvements in strength and endurance of upper extremity musculature will result in increased functional wheelchair mobility. Consistent with this approach, previous work has assessed isokinetic torque of the shoulder musculature in wheelchair users. Another current, but less emphasized, area of research is assessment of patient centered health status in a variety of clinical settings. These studies utilize health status survey instruments to assess physical and mental status prior to and after a rehabilitation intervention.

Current Funding for the Exercise Testing Laboratory:

Mossberg, KA (Principal Investigator): Improving movement efficiency in individuals with acquired brain injury. The Moody Endowment $99,605 (2004-05)

Selected Publications

Mossberg KA: Reliability of a six-minute walk test to assess aerobic fitness in persons with acquired brain injury. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 82:385-390, 2003

Baker C, Rosenberg M, Mossberg, KA, Holzer CE, Blakeney P, Meyer WJ: Comparison of a quality of life questionnaire and the SF-36 among young adults burned as children. Journal of Burn Care Rehabilitation 24(2): S160, 2003

Mossberg KA, Kuna S, Masel B: Ambulatory efficiency in persons with acquired brain injury after a rehabilitation intervention. Brain Injury 16:789-797, 2002

Mossberg KA, Peel C. Beta-Blockers. In Bahrke M, Yesalis C, ed. Performance-Enhancing Substances in Sport and Exercise. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics; 2002. Chapter 14, pages 149-156.

Baker C, Mossberg KA, Meyer WJ, Brown J, Ehlig A, Spencer H: Perceived health status of young adults burned as children. Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation 23(2): S155, 2002

Rogers H, Mossberg K. Standard vs. Lightweight Wheelchairs: A Comparison of Metabolic Efficiency in Treadmill Propulsion. Physical Therapy 80: S45, 2000

Mossberg K, McFarland C: A patient-oriented health status measure in outpatient rehabilitation. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 80:896-902, 2001

Mossberg K, Willman C, Topor MA, Crook H, Patak S: Comparison of asynchronous versus synchronous arm crank ergometry. Spinal Cord 37:569-574, 1999

Mossberg KA, Pollock KS: Reliability of a health status questionnaire used in outpatient physical therapy settings. Physical Therapy 77:S89, 1997

Mossberg KA: Effects of arm crank ergometry on wheelchair propulsion in individuals with spinal cord injury. Physical Therapy 76:S69, 1996

Mossberg KA, McFarland C: Initial health status of clients at outpatient physical therapy clinics. Physical Therapy 75: 1043-1053, 1995

Peel C, Mossberg KA: Effects of cardiovascular medications on exercise responses. Physical Therapy 75:387-396, 1995

Mossberg KA: Reliability of a peak arm crank ergometry test in individuals with spinal cord injury. World Confederation for Physical Therapy: Congress Proceedings:684, June 1995

Mossberg KA: Exercise as a provocative test for assessing the glucose transport system in diabetic muscle. Physical Therapy 74(Suppl):S78, 1994

Mossberg KA: Reliability of a maximal treadmill wheelchair propulsion test. Physical Therapy 74(Suppl):S80, 1994.

Spence DW, Galantino MLA, Mossberg KA, Zimmerman SO: Progressive resistance exercise: Effect on muscle function and anthropometry of a select AIDS population. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 71: 644-648, 1990

Mossberg KA, Linton KA, Friske K: Effect of ankle-foot orthoses on energy expenditure of gait in spastic diplegic children. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 71:490-494, 1990.

Baruch IM, Mossberg KA: Heart rate response to nonweight bearing walker ambulation in 60-80 year old women. Physical Therapy 63:1782-1787, 1983.