Vascular Responses to High-Intensity Battling Rope Exercise between the Sexes

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Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
The purpose of the study was to assess high-intensity battling rope exercise (HI-BRE) on hemodynamics, pulse wave reflection and arterial stiffness during recovery and between sexes. Twentythree young, healthy resistance-trained individuals (men: n = 13; women: n = 10) were assessed for all measures at Rest, as well as 10-, 30-, and 60-minutes following HI-BRE. A one-way repeated measures ANOVA was used to analyze the effects of HI-BRE across time (Rest, 10, 30, and 60-minutes) on all dependent variables. Significant main effects were analyzed using paired t-tests with a Sidak correction factor. Significance was accepted a priori at p - 0.05. There were significant reductions in hemodynamic measures of diastolic blood pressure (BP) in women, but not men following HI-BRE at 30 minutes. Further, measures of pulse wave reflection, specifically those of the augmentation index (AIx) and wasted left ventricular energy (-Ew), were significantly increased in both men and women for 60 minutes, but changes were significantly attenuated in women suggesting less ventricular work. There were also significant increases in arterial stiffness in regard to the aorta and common carotid artery that were fully recovered by 30 and 60 minutes, respectively with no differences between men and women. Thus, the primary findings of this study suggest that measures of hemodynamics and pulse wave reflection are collectively altered for at least 60 minutes following HIBRE, with women having attenuated responses compared to men.
High-intensity interval training, Exercise, Hemodynamics, Evaluation
Marshall, E. M., Parks, J. C., Singer, T. J., Tai, Y. L., DeBord, A. R., Humm, S. M., & Kingsley, J. D. (2021). Vascular Responses to High-Intensity Battling Rope Exercise between the Sexes. Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, 20(2), 349–356.