Cluster analysis in the fitness evaluation of cosmonauts during long-term missions on board the International Space Station

Egorov, A.; Stepantsov, V.; Nosovskii, A.; Shipov, A.
December 2011
Human Physiology;Dec2011, Vol. 37 Issue 7, p922
Academic Journal
Cluster analysis of the following parameters was performed in 13 cosmonauts: the duration (min), amount (m), and speed (km/h) of physical locomotor exercise (PLE) including running, and total locomotion (running + walking). These activities were the part of the program of long-term missions on board the International Space Station. The cosmonauts were divided into three groups, which included two, five, and six subjects, respectively. The parameters of the PLE amount and speed significantly increased ( p < 0.03) when going from the first to the third group. There was no significant difference in the duration of PLE between the groups ( p < 0.125). It is concluded that cluster analysis is an appropriate method for fitness evaluation of cosmonauts during long-term space flights.


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