Endurance training is feasible in severely disabled patients with progressive multiple sclerosis

This Danish study looked at upper-body endurance training (ET) in severely disabled people with progressive MS, firstly to see if it is feasible and secondly to see if the intensity is high enough to induce cardiovascular adaptations. The study was small and included 11 people with progressive MS and they received a four-week inpatient rehabilitation program. They were randomised to a control group (n=5), who received standard individualised MS rehabilitation or an intervention group (n=6) that in addition received ten sessions of predominantly upper-body ET.

The study found that there was a trend toward a time*group interaction for VO2peak. There were no significant group differences seen in physical function and questionnaire results after intervention. Therefore, this study demonstrates that ET is feasible in severely disabled people with MS and it is likely to induce cardiovascular adaptations. Furthe

Authors: Skjerbæk A, Næsby M
Source: Mult Scler. 2013 Sep 20. [Epub ahead of print]

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