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Atlantic Sports Health and Cybex Research Institute Commence Clinical Trial to Assess Effect of Exercise on Health-Related Quality of Life for Active Older Adults

November 2, 2015, Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Sports Health, New Jersey’s leader in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries, today announced the commencement of a clinical trial designed to assess the physiologic, functional, and strength markers among active adults, ages 50-80, exercising on a Cybex Arc Trainer versus a standard treadmill. The study is being conducted in partnership with Cybex Research Institute, the research arm of Cybex, a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment.

Dr. Damion Martins, Director of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for Atlantic Health System, will serve as the primary investigator of the trial —“The Effects of Exercise Utilizing the Arc Trainer Institution: Atlantic Health System.”

“The hypothesis is that because of the added potential benefits of the Arc Trainer, a statistically significant difference in physiological, functional and strength markers will be found for those patients who use the Arc Trainer compared to those who use a treadmill, the gold standard of cardiovascular exercise” said Martins. “At Atlantic Sports Health, we want to test this theory to ensure we’re consistently providing our patients with quality care and sports health activities that are based on research-based outcomes.”

“The Cybex Research Institute is pleased to have Atlantic Sports Health as its partner in evaluating the effects of exercising on the Cybex Arc Trainer among active, older patients,” said Dr. Paul Juris, Chief Science Officer, Cybex International. “Collectively, we look forward to discoveries that will not only improve the quality of care of patients, but will also provide effective solutions to all those who seek a healthy, active lifestyle.”

To participate in the trial, people must:

  • Be cleared to participate by their physician
  • Be 50-80-years old
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 to 34
  • Not be actively exercising (within the past six weeks), and
  • Have no history of significant lower extremity traumatic injury or symptomatic osteoarthritis that would prohibit the use of the machines

Enrolled subjects will participate in a four-month exercise program at Atlantic Sports Health, located at 111 Madison Avenue in Morristown. Once selected for the trial, participants will be divided into two groups: one group will exercise on the Cybex Arc Trainer and the other will exercise on a standard treadmill. Each group will exercise for a total of 120 minutes per week (divided into three, 40-minute sessions, with five minutes given for warm-up and cool down, respectively).

Potential benefits for study participants include weight loss, an increase in strength, cardio-respiratory fitness level, improved balance, a decrease in all-cause mortality as well as any other benefit of exercising. Participants will be assessed via bloodwork, balance testing, and surveys related to their health-related quality of life throughout the trial.

For more information on how to join the trial, contact Kevin Saum, Clinical Research Coordinator, at 973-971-6290, or kevin.saum@atlantichealth.org.

Atlantic Sports Health is the official sports health provider of the Cybex Research Institute.

For more information, visit Sports Health at Atlantic Health System.

About Atlantic Sports Health
Atlantic Sports Health is New Jersey’s leader in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries, and offers a wide range of world-class care using a comprehensive approach to injury prevention and treatment. Beginners, amateurs, and advanced or professional athletes receive the same attention to detail and expert care from our talented team of clinicians, nurses and physician assistants. Services include sports performance physicals, which are all-inclusive exams, utilizing electrocardiograph (EKG) testing, lab work, imaging and evaluation of muscular balances to develop a complete health and training history. Atlantic Sports Health has highly-trained and experienced physicians, who are experts at diagnosing and treating orthopedic and sports medicine problems. Atlantic Sports Health serves as the flagship Clinical Sports Performance site for Cybex and the Cybex Research Institute, is the official health care partner of the New York Jets, and an official health provider of the New Jersey Devils.  

For more information, visit Sports Health at Atlantic Health System.

About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey. As a trusted network of caring, our promise to our communities is that anyone who enters Atlantic Health System will receive the right care and the right quality at the right place, at the right time and the right cost. Atlantic Health System includes Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ; Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ; Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ; Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ; and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, as well as Atlantic Rehabilitation, and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. It also includes its subsidiary, Atlantic Ambulance Corporation. Atlantic Health System comprises 1,599 licensed beds, more than 14,000 employees and more than 4,000 physicians. Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University; a Major Clinical Affiliate of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; part of Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, one of the largest ACOs in the nation, and is a member of AllSpire Health Partners.

About Cybex International
Cybex International, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment. The Cybex product line, which includes a full range of strength and cardio training machines, is designed using exercise science to reflect the natural movement of the human body. Led by the Cybex Research Institute (CRI), Cybex fitness equipment is engineered to produce optimal results for users from the first-time exerciser to the professional athlete. CRI conducts research into human movement and collaborates with university and other independent research partners around the world to explore advances in the field and validate the performance of its products. Cybex designs and builds its products in the USA for a wide range of facilities, from commercial health clubs to home gyms, in more than 85 countries worldwide.

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