The Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation Laboratory were selected as one of six European and 3 NASA teams to carry out research on the first NASA/ESA Artificial Gravity Bedrest Study.  The overarching aims of the bedrest campaign are to examine the influence of daily exposure to 30 minutes (either continuous or intermittent) of artificial gravity on the short-arm centrifuge at the German Aerospace Institute at DLR, Cologne.  Participants are completing 60-days of 6-degree head down tilt bedrest, with a wide variety of measures taken before and after the bedrest period.  Our team are then delivering a two week intervention using the Functional Re-adaptive Exercise Device to try to recondition the spinal antigravity muscles that are known to decondition as a result of exposure to microgravity.  The influence of the exercise intervention are being assessed using ultrasound imaging, MRI, intramuscular assessment of muscle activity and measures of pain.  Check out the video below for more...

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