Kettlebell training for musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health: a randomized controlled trial

Tidsskriftartikel - 2011

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Objective: The aim of this trial was to investigate the effectiveness of a worksite intervention using kettlebell training to improve musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health. Methods: This single-blind randomized controlled trial involved 40 adults from occupations with a high prevalence of reported musculoskeletal pain symptoms (mean age 44 years, body mass index 23 kg/m2, 85% women, with pain intensity of the neck/shoulders 3.5 and of the low back 2.8 on a scale of 0-10). A blinded assessor took measures at baseline and follow-up. Participants were randomly assigned to training - consisting of ballistic full-body kettlebell exercise three times a week for 8 weeks - or to a control group. The main outcome measures were pain intensity of the neck/shoulders and low back, isometric muscle strength, and aerobic fitness. Results: Compared with the control group, pain intensity of the neck/shoulders decreased 2.1 points [95% confidence interval (95% CI) -3.7- -0.4] and pain intensity of the low back decreased 1.4 points (95% CI -2.7- -0.02) in the training group. Compared with the control group, the training group increased muscle strength of the trunk extensors (P

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Jay K, Frisch D, Hansen K, Zebis MK, Andersen CH, Mortensen O, Andersen LL. Kettlebell training for musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health: a randomized controlled trial. Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment & Health 2011;37(3):196-203.
doi: 10.5271/sjweh.3136

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