Ultrasound assessment of lower limb muscle mass in response to resistance training in COPD

Manoj K. Menon, Linzy Houchen, Samantha Harrison, Sally J. Singh, Michael D. Morgan, Michael C. Steiner

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    Abstract

    Quantifying the improvements in lower limb or quadriceps muscle mass following resistance training (RT), is an important outcome measure in COPD. Ultrasound is a portable, radiation free imaging technique that can measure the size of superficial muscles belonging to the quadriceps group such as the rectus femoris, but has not been previously used in COPD patients following RT. We compared the responsiveness of ultrasound derived measures of quadriceps mass against dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), in patients with COPD and healthy controls following a programme of high intensity knee extensor RT.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages10
    JournalRespiratory Research
    Volume13
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2012

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