Health benefits of bike park confirmed by study 

Downhilling qualifies as 'moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise intensity'

click to enlarge PHOTO SUBMITTED - GEAR HEAD Whistler's Katrina Strand, wearing a mask to measure her breathing, was among Dr. Jamie Burr's test subjects last September.
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  • GEAR HEAD Whistler's Katrina Strand, wearing a mask to measure her breathing, was among Dr. Jamie Burr's test subjects last September.

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Burr's study is called "Physiological demands of downhill mountain biking," and also credits C. Taylor Drury, Adam C. Ivey and Darren E.R. Warburton for their contributions, as well as the Kinesiology, Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory at UBC and the department of Experimental Medicine at UBC. It is published in the Oct. 2, 2012 edition of the Journal of Sports Sciences.

Burr said he has no immediate plans for a follow-up study, but he would like to test a group of World Cup-level downhill athletes to measure their exertion and compare those findings to other elite sports. "I think you'd find that they're pushing themselves a lot harder because there's a lot more on the line," said Burr. "I don't know how feasible it is and the equipment is too expensive to strap onto the back of those guys, so we don't have any direct plans right now."

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