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Space Physiology within an Exercise Physiology Curriculum

Space Physiology within an Exercise Physiology Curriculum

Compare and contrast strategies remain common pedagogical practice within physiological education. Through the support of an American Physiological Society Teaching Career Enhancement Award, we have developed a junior- or senior-level undergraduate curriculum for exercise physiology that compares and contrasts the physiological adaptations of chronic terrestrial exercise (TEx) and microgravity (µG). We use a series of peer-reviewed publications to demonstrate that many of the physiological adaptations to TEx and µG are opposite. For example, TEx typically improves cardiovascular function and orthostatic tolerance, while µG can lead to declines in both. TEx leads to muscle hypertrophy and µG elicits muscle atrophy. TEx increases bone mineral density (BMD) and red cell mass, while µG... Show More


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