Space studies give an opportunity to learn more about the effects of long-term muscle wasting.
Astronauts may also wear special trousers that pull blood to their legs and make the heart pump harder. These and other measures, such as drug treatment, have possible uses for patients on Earth.
One new machine being developed by ESA is the Flywheel Exercise Device. This includes a spinning wheel and can be used for exercise both in space and on Earth. It was launched to the International Space Station with ESA’s Columbus lab in February 2008 and is used as an advanced exercise device for astronauts. It will eventually be available for recovering patients and for training athletes.
Last update: 19 October 2011