The Effect of Distraction on Exercise Intensity

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Before studying how distraction affects exercise and related physiological responses, it is important to examine previous research related to this topic. There is limited work done in this area but there are tangent matters of importance.

To achieve the optimal health benefits from exercise the research supports the notion that it is necessary to exercise at a prescribed exercise intensity for a prescribed duration. Disruption in maintaining the prescribed exercise intensity may not allow the desired benefit from the exercise performed.

In summary, measuring BP is an important parameter used diagnostically as well as prognostically. BP measurement not only helps to prescribe the exercise regime and gauge exercise intensity but also
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The resistance of the stationary bike will be held constant throughout the 15 min exercise session with RPM and HR documented as measures of exercise intensity. HR and RPM will be noted every 15 sec between the 6th and 7th min (as a baseline measurement for physical distraction) and between the 7th and 8th min (during the physical distraction).

Statistical Analyses

Statistical analyses will be done using SPSS (SPSS Science, Chicago, IL) version 15.0 for Microsoft Windows. Measuring BP (physical distraction) during exercise will be the independent variable while exercise HR and stationary bike RPM will be the dependent variables that reflect exercise intensity. Data will be analyzed using dependent sample t-test comparing physical distraction data to its baseline data.


Strengths – Patients voluntary participation from U.S Rehab Services. This is a different study and aspect that has never been looked upon in the past. If we get positive results than this may act as a base for conducted a large scale true experimental study.

Weakness – Not a true experimental study. Very small-scale study and if positive might have to look the same at large scale. Depending upon the amount of HR and RPM drop due to distraction need to know the clinical significance of the same. For example, would a drop in 3 BPM in HR due to
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