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Med Clin (Barc). 2018 Jun 22;150(12):460-464. doi: 10.1016/j.medcli.2017.10.022. Epub 2017 Nov 22.

Effects of a resistance training program on balance and fatigue perception in patients with Parkinson's disease: A randomized controlled trial.

[Article in English, Spanish]

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1
Department of Physical Therapy, University of Granada, Granada, Spain.
2
Department of Physical Therapy, University of Granada, Granada, Spain. Electronic address: irenecm@ugr.es.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE:

Fatigue and balance impairment leads to a loss of independence and are important to adequately manage. The objective of this study was to examine the effects of a resistance training program on dynamic balance and fatigue in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD).

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Randomized controlled trial. Forty-six patients with PD were randomly allocated to an intervention group receiving a 8-week resistance training program focused on lower limbs or to a control group. Balance was assessed using the Mini-BESTest and fatigue was assessed by the Piper Fatigue Scale.

RESULTS:

Patients in the intervention group improved significantly (p<0.05) on dynamic balance (reactive postural control and total values) and perceived fatigue.

CONCLUSIONS:

An 8-week resistance training program was found to be effective at improving dynamic balance and fatigue in patients with PD.

KEYWORDS:

Balance; Enfermedad de Parkinson; Entrenamiento de resistencia; Equilibrio; Fatiga; Fatigue; Parkinson's disease; Resistance training

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