Task An Integrated Musculoskeletal Countermeasure Battery for Long-Duration Lunar Missions (Completed)
Last Published:  07/30/21 01:05:34 PM (Central)
Short Title: Musculoskeletal LDLM
Responsible HRP Element: Human Health Countermeasures
Collaborating Org(s):
National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI)
Funding Status: Completed - Task completed and produced a deliverable
Procurement Mechanism(s):

1)  Constructed an exercise device that integrates aerobic, neurovestibular and resistive training in a compact design to fit the requirements for installation in a planetary base or landing module.

2) Conducted an exercise training study to demonstrate that cardiovascular and resistive exercise on the combined exercise device could improve measures of muscle strength and endurance in the 1-g environment.

3) Integrated the balance training component to the combined countermeasure device and develop an exercise regimen of aerobic exercise, neurovestibular training and resistive exercises aimed at reducing fall risk and proximal femoral bone loss by loading the hip and leg.

4) Conducted an experiment at the UTMB Flight Analog Research Unit where human test subjects (n=30, 15 Males, 15 females), with age, height and BMI representative of the astronaut corps, are randomized into intervention (integrated countermeasure regimen) and control (no exercise) groups in the spaceflight analog. The aim of the experiment was to validate the ability of the combined exercise device to significantly reduce the risk for fall and subsequent injury by maintaining pre-bed rest physiological status.