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Papers: 11 Jun 2022 - 17 Jun 2022

Human Studies


BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med



Maximal aerobic capacity is associated with lifting capacity, but not with self-reported functioning measures in patients with primary chronic low back pain: a cross-sectional study.


Vermue DJ, Dol MV, Ansuategui Echeita J, Dekker R, Schiphorst Preuper HR, Reneman MF
BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med. 2022; 8(2):e001253.
PMID: 35692438.


Maximal exercise testing is considered the gold standard to assess V̇Omax. However, maximal exercise testing was previously deemed unfeasible and unsafe in chronic low back pain (CLBP) patients. Consequently, most previous studies on aerobic capacity and functioning in patients with CLBP were performed with submaximal testing protocols. A recent study demonstrated the safety, feasibility and tolerance of maximal exercise testing in patients with CLBP. Therefore, the relation between aerobic capacity and functioning should be reevaluated. This cross-sectional study aims to determine the relationship between maximal aerobic capacity and four measures of functioning: lifting capacity, work ability, pain-related disability and physical functioning in patients with CLBP.