Exercise testing and training with the young cystic fibrosis patient

Stevens, D. & Williams, C.A.

The purpose of this article is to review the literature related to exercise and cystic fibrosis (CF) with particular focus on the young patient. Exercise intolerance is a characteristic of CF, however recent discoveries in adult studies have advanced understanding of exercise as a prognostic marker and for rehabilitation purposes.

New analyses from exercise testing have shown to have prognostic value, and there are different methods of exercise which have shown to improve functional capacity and quality of life in the young CF patient. Recent works also show that exercise testing is underused in healthcare management of the CF patient. The authors suggest the need for further research to identify exercise tests and training programmes that can be incorporated into CF rehabilitation.

Journal of Sports Science & Medicine 2007. (6):3 286-291

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