Date of Award

Spring 2005

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Biomedical Engineering

First Advisor

Stanley S. Reisman

Second Advisor

Ronald H. Rockland

Third Advisor

David S. Kristol

Abstract

The Cyclic Exercise Protocol is a novel protocol that is designed to create a series of cyclic waves of exercise and recovery. This exercise protocol involves short bursts of exercise lasting for 60 seconds or less followed by a period of complete cardio recovery. This study involves the analysis of the acceleration and the deceleration regions of the cyclic exercise sessions. The objective of this study was to develop an algorithm to quantitatively analyze the acceleration and the deceleration regions of cyclic exercise sessions. The acceleration and the deceleration regions of cycles were split into three segments and each segment was fit with mathematical curves and the variation of data from the fit was calculated. The cycles data was analyzed using Mathematica version 4.1. The subjects for this study were healthy volunteers.

The parameters extracted included the time constants and slopes from the mathematical fits and the mean square errors. The mean square error values obtained were less than 14.8 (±3.5% error in the variation of the heart rate), showing that the algorithm is creating a proper mathematical fit to the different regions of acceleration and deceleration.

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