Ball State Researcher Studying Exercise Effects on Astronauts
A Ball State University researcher will study the effects of certain exercises on the leg muscles of astronauts in space.
Dr. Scott Trappe is the Director of the Human Performance Laboratory and the John and Janet Professor of Exercise Science at Ball State. Trappe was a part of a team of researchers that developed a new exercise regiment for astronauts to do in space. He says the exercises were designed to address a variety of issues to protect all aspects of the body during prolonged space flight.
Trappe says the zero gravity of space has a deteriorating effect on the body and exercise while in space can help deter the effects. A third astronaut involved in the exercise program is returning from the International Space Station that will allow Trappe to take a muscle biopsy to determine the effects of the new exercises.