Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

281

Date

2011

Date of Award

4-19-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Health and Sport Science

Concentration

Exercise and Sport Science

Committee Chair

Brian K Schilling

Committee Member

Richard J Bloomer

Committee Member

Zsolt Murlasits

Abstract

Individuals with Parkinson's Disease (PD) have a higher incidence of osteoporosis and hypovitaminosis D. Vitamin D supplementation has not been widely evaluated in people with PD for bone and muscular health. This investigation examined the effects of vitamin D supplementation over 12 weeks (treatment n=5; control n=2) in PD. Subjects performed one repetition maximum for leg and chest press, six-minute walk, timed up and go, and quality of life questionnaires. Blood samples were analyzed for vitamin D levels and markers of bone turnover. Dual x-ray absorptiometry scans were performed to determine body composition and bone quality data. Significant improvements (p<0.05) were found in relative strength for one repetition maximum chest press, as well as fat mass for the treatment group when compared to controls, indicating a positive effect of vitamin D supplementation. No other significant differences were found between groups over time.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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