The effect of exercise training on pulmonary function and aerobic capacity in adults with burn
Grisbrook TL et al. – Although the exercise training did not alter pulmonary function (PF), both aerobic capacity and occupational performance were improved.Methods
- 9 burn injured participants (%TBSA 42±18.38, 6.56years±3.68 post injury) and 9 matched controls participated in a 12-week goal directed interval training and resistance exercise programme.
- PF was measured using spirometry, and a graded exercise test quantified peak oxygen consumption , both prior to and following the exercise training.
- The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure assessed the participant's goal attainment.
- Burn injured participants had significantly lower PF (FEV1/FVC ratio) than the healthy controls both prior to and following the exercise intervention (F(1,16)=8.93, p=0.009).
- Exercise training did not improve PF in either group, however both groups had a significant improvement in their Vo2peak, maximal minute ventilation, and work achieved on a graded exercise test (F(1,16)=19.325, p<0.001), (F(1,16)=51.417, p<0.001) and (F(1,16)=36.938, p<0.001), respectively, following the exercise training.
- All participants achieved their occupational performance goals.