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Deconditioning and Reconditioning

1st Edition

Edited by John Greenleaf

CRC Press

200 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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Deconditioning is an integrated physiological response of the body to a reduction in metabolic rate, that is, to a reduction in energy use or in exercise level. Deconditioning and Reconditioning presents selected background information on the many aspects of ground-based and in-flight physiological research and applications.

This multi-author volume emphasizes human research programs on prolonged bed rest, immersion and confinement studies simulating conditions of space flight, as well as data from humans in space. Consolidating this research, chapters cover the psycho-sociological aspects of confinement deconditioning, the effects of deconditioning and reconditioning on aerobic power, thermoregulation during deconditioning, and practical applications.


"This book is a valuable contribution to the field. Each contributing author presents a comprehensive summary of the current state of knowledge regarding their specific topic. … This book contains much useful information about the physiological deconditioning response associated with bed rest, prolonged water immersion, and prolonged space flight and weightlessness. The book is a good starting point for all students interested in understanding where good health begins, i.e., being physically active."

- Doody's Review

"[T]he volume offers a global experience in the understanding of maintaining optimal physiology. Dr. Greenleaf and his collaborators have created a useful primer and reference text on the physiology of conditioning and deconditioning … The editor and the various authors have made an admirable effort in keeping the reading both engaging and understandable for an audience not necessarily limited to medical personnel. … [T]his work offers a wealth of information for a wide audience or readers: aerospace physiologists, physicians, nurses, and technicians … . ."

- Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine

"The individual chapters are informative… .The text will provide useful graduate-level reading…."

-Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology, Roy J. Shephard

Table of Contents

Introduction, John E. Greenleaf

Psycho-Sociological Aspects of Confinement Deconditioning, Gro M. Sandal, Ragnar Vaernes, and Holger Ursin

Effects of Deconditioning and Reconditioning on Aerobic Power, Victor A. Convertino

Physiological Consequences of Deconditioning in Physically Active Populations, James A. Graves, Lori L. Ploutz-Snyder, and Michael L. Pollock

Immobilization and Disuse Muscular Atrophy, Shawn R. Simonson

Free Radical Processes in Conditioning and Deconditioning, Józef Kedziora

Water Immersion Deconditioning in Medicine, Andrzej Wiecek, Michal Nowicki, and Franciszek Kokot

The Brittle Bones of Deconditioning, Helmut G. Hinghofer-Szalkay

Bed Rest Muscular Atrophy - John E. Greenleaf

Bed Rest and Orthostatic-Hypotensive Intolerance, Suzanne M. Schneider

Thermoregulation During Deconditioning, Suzanne M. Schneider and John E. Greenleaf

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Administration
MEDICAL / Anatomy
MEDICAL / Geriatrics