Gaming Instead of Training? Exergaming Induces High-Intensity Exercise Stimulus and Reduces Cardiovascular Reactivity to Cold Pressor Test

Ketelhut, Sascha; Ketelhut, Reinhard G.; Kircher, Eva; Röglin, Lisa; Hottenrott, Kuno; Martin-Niedecken, Anna Lisa; Ketelhut, Kerstin (2022). Gaming Instead of Training? Exergaming Induces High-Intensity Exercise Stimulus and Reduces Cardiovascular Reactivity to Cold Pressor Test. Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine, 9, p. 798149. Frontiers 10.3389/fcvm.2022.798149

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Introduction: The present study assessed if an exercise session in an innovative exergame can modulate hemodynamic reactivity to a cold pressor test (CPT) to a similar extent as a typical moderate endurance training (ET). Furthermore, cardiorespiratory, and affective responses of an exergame session and an ET were compared.

Methods: Twenty-seven healthy participants aged 25 ± 4 years (48% female; BMI 23.0 ± 2.1 kg/m2) participated in this cross-sectional study. All participants completed both an ET on a treadmill and training in the ExerCube (ECT). HR and oxygen consumption were recorded during both training sessions. Before and after both exercise sessions, the hemodynamic reactivity to a CPT was determined.

Results: During ECT, HR, oxygen consumption, energy expenditure, and the metabolic equivalent of the task were significantly higher than those obtained during ET (p < 0.001). With regard to the CPT, the participants showed significantly lower responses in peripheral systolic (p = 0.004) and diastolic blood pressure (p = 0.009) as well as central systolic (p = 0.002) and diastolic BP (P = 0.01) after ECT compared to ET. The same was true for pulse wave velocity (p = 0.039).

Conclusion: The ECT induced a significantly higher exercise stimulus compared to the ET. At the same time, it attenuated hemodynamic stress reactivity. The ECT presents a relevant training stimulus that modulates cardiovascular reactivity to stress, which has been proven as a predictor for the development of hypertension.

Trial Registration: ISRCTN registry, ISRCTN43067716, 14 April 2020, Trial number: 38154.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Health Science

UniBE Contributor:

Ketelhut, Sascha Ingemar

Subjects:

700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

2297-055X

Publisher:

Frontiers

Language:

English

Submitter:

Edith Desideria Imthurn

Date Deposited:

27 Sep 2022 09:51

Last Modified:

02 Oct 2022 02:06

Publisher DOI:

10.3389/fcvm.2022.798149

PubMed ID:

35155627

Uncontrolled Keywords:

exergaming, cold pressor test, high-intensity exercise, games for health, blood pressure reactivity, hemodynamics, serious games, pulse wave velocity

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/173284

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/173284

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