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Kinesiology Students' Theses Published in Prestigious Journals

Two Cal State San Marcos kinesiology master’s students mentored by professor Todd Astorino had manuscripts from their theses published in highly regarded journals recently. 

Rasmus Clausen compared the magnitude of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption between sprint interval training on the cycle and rowing ergometer.  

Exercise elicits excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, which leads to more calories burned after exercise. It is thought that this may lead to long-term weight loss. Sprint interval training leads to significant improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness, glycemic control and body composition while requiring as little as one minute of exercise per day. Participants showed significantly greater calories expended during rowing compared to cycling, yet a greater excess post-exercise oxygen consumption occurred after cycling, which has implications for the use of interval training for weight control.

Leah Coe’s manuscript, “Sex differences in hemodynamic response to high-intensity interval exercise,” was published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports

Coe's thesis was based on prior data showing superior increases in cardiorespiratory fitness in men versus women completing regular aerobic as well as interval exercise, which suggests that lower health and fitness-related adaptations are accrued in women.  She evaluated potential differences in the primary determinant of cardiorespiratory fitness, cardiac output, in response to various regimens of high-intensity interval training in 15 men and 13 women.  

Coe's data showed that men and women had a similar cardiac response to the exercise bouts, suggesting that previously reported differences in the adaptive response to training between men and women may not be related to the acute cardiovascular response to exercise.

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