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Improving Cardiorespiratory and Muscular Function of Korean Firefighters A Kinect-Based Mixed Reality Device Exercise Intervention Randomized Control Trialopen access

Authors
Kim, Ji-BeenXiang, Ying-YingKim, Chae-BeenSeo, DongilSong, WookLee, HanjoonKang, HyunjooLee, Chung GunAhn, Yeon-SoonPark, Jung-Jun
Issue Date
Feb-2024
Publisher
Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Keywords
firefighter; Kinect-based mixed reality device; muscular function; Physical fitness; VO<sub>2peak</sub>
Citation
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, v.66, no.2, pp 118 - 122
Pages
5
Indexed
SCIE
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Journal Title
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume
66
Number
2
Start Page
118
End Page
122
URI
https://scholarworks.gnu.ac.kr/handle/sw.gnu/69672
DOI
10.1097/JOM.0000000000003003
ISSN
1076-2752
1536-5948
Abstract
Objective: This study addresses declining physical fitness among Korean firefighters due to a low exercise participation rate caused by the absence of exercise instructors. The research explores Virtual Mate (VM), a Kinect-based mixed reality device, as a potential solution, but its capacity to replace training instructors in enhancing physical fitness remains uncertain. Methods: Twenty Korean male firefighters were divided into two groups: the exercise group received an 8-week intervention using VM, while the control group maintained regular physical activity. Cardiopulmonary function and muscle function were measured. Results: After 8 weeks, the exercise group demonstrated a significant improvement in VO2peak. Furthermore, there were notable enhancements in the strength and endurance of most knee, shoulder, and trunk flexors and extensors. Conclusions: Integrating VM into an exercise program can effectively improve cardiorespiratory and muscular function in Korean firefighters. Copyright © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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