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This programme looks at the problems of investigating the continually changing process of exercise and fitness training by looking at the work of Malcolm Emery and his team at Borrough road. We wil...l see one technique called the Bruce Protocol which involves a volunteer exercising on a special bicycle with progressively increased resistance applied until exhaustion. Heart rate, breathing rate, cardiac output, tidal volume, blood gas content, pH, and lactate levels are all measured. Exhaustion occurs at different times and for different reasons depending on 'fitness'. Normal subjects are usually restricted by their muscles, an endurance athlete will be limited by cardiac output and will continue for much longer, whilst an asthmatic will be limited by the lungs. As part of the application of this work Malcolm's group are helping Eric Shaw to regain his fitness after a series of heart attacks and recent open heart surgery. eric, a fanatical golfer, is making remarkable progress demonstrating the importance of both understanding and undertaking physical exercise and training.
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Module code and title: S324, Animal physiology
Item code: S324; VCR1
First transmission date: 1985
Published: 1985
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Duration: 00:25:00
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Producer: Mike Gunton
Contributors: Malcolm Emery; Jeff Thomas
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Athletes; Bicycle; Bruce Protocol; Heart; Lungs; Sport
Master spool number: HOU4572
Production number: FOUS301Y
Videofinder number: 3119
Available to public: no