Gordon Fisher, PhD

A University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate if home-based, high-intensity interval exercise training can improve cardiometabolic health in patients with longstanding spinal cord injury.

Gordon Fisher, associate professor of kinesiology in the School of Education’s Department of Human Studies has previously shown promising results for HIIT to improve health and fitness in young adults and individuals with obesity. However, whether these results can translate to individuals with SCI remains to be determined. 

In a pilot grant funded by the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative, Fisher found that as few as two days per week of HIIT arm crank exercise improved many components of cardiovascular and metabolic health, similarly to individuals’ performing moderate-intensity, continuous arm crank exercise that requires 60 percent more time commitment each week.

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