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Epidemiologic Methods in Physical Activity Studies$
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I-Min Lee

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183009

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183009.001.0001

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Individual Responses to Physical Activity

Individual Responses to Physical Activity

The Role of Genetics

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Epidemiologic Methods in Physical Activity Studies

Tuomo Rankinen

Claude Bouchard

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the basic study designs and research methods that can be used to investigate the genetic basis of human heterogeneity in the ability to benefit from a physically active lifestyle. It summarizes the key findings regarding the genetics of physical activity levels and responsiveness to regular exercise. It shows that genetic factors contribute to the individual differences in response to regular exercise.

Keywords:   exercise, genetics, sedentarism, genetic research, human heterogeneity

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