Date of Award

2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

McGowan, Cheri

Keywords

blood pressure, handgrip, isometric

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The primary purpose of this study was to test the hypotheses that in young, normotensive men and women, 10 weeks of isometric handgrip (IHG) training (3X/ week) would 1) elicit reductions in ambulatory blood pressure (BP), concomitant to reductions in resting BP, and 2) these reductions would be predicted by cardiovascular reactivity to standard laboratory stress tasks (e.g. IHG task, IHGT; a 2 minute sustained isometric contraction). Reductions in 24-hour, daytime, and nighttime systolic ambulatory BP were observed following IHG training in both men (n=13) and women (n=11, P0.05), were associated with pre-training systolic BP reactivity to the IHGT (P

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