Exercise fidelity and progression in a supervised exercise programme for adults with venous leg ulcers

KLONIZAKIS, Markos, GUMBER, Anil, MCINTOSH, Emma, KING, Brenda, MIDDLETON, Geoff, MICHAELS, Jonathan A and TEW, Garry (2018). Exercise fidelity and progression in a supervised exercise programme for adults with venous leg ulcers. International Wound Journal, 15 (5), 822-828.

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Abstract

Despite exercise being included in the recommended advice for patients with venous leg ulcers, there is a fear shared by clinicians and patients that exercise may be either inappropriate or harmful and actually delay rather than promote healing. Therefore, before implementing a larger-scale study exploring the effects of a supervised exercise programme in patients with venous ulcers being treated with compression therapy, it is important to assess exercise safety as well as fidelity and progression in a feasibility study. Eighteen participants randomised in the exercise group were asked to undertake 36 (3 times/week for 12 weeks) 60-min exercise sessions, each comprising moderate-intensity aerobic, resistance, and flexibility exercise components. For the purposes of this paper, we analysed the data collected during the exercise sessions. The overall session attendance rate was 79%, with 13 of 18 participants completing all sessions. No in-session adverse events were reported; 100% aerobic components and 91% of resistance components were completed within the desired moderate-intensity target. Similarly, 81% of aerobic components and 93% of flexibility components were completed within the prescribed duration targets. Our data showed that patients with venous ulcers could safely follow a supervised exercise programme incorporating moderate-intensity aerobic, resistance, and flexibility components.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
Departments: Health and Well-being > Department of Sport
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/iwj.12933
Depositing User: Amanda Keeling
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2018 11:19
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2018 12:53
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20908

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