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Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia

On-line version ISSN 1806-3756

Abstract

FRANCO, Caroline Buarque et al. Effects of Pilates mat exercises on muscle strength and on pulmonary function in patients with cystic fibrosis. J. bras. pneumol. [online]. 2014, vol.40, n.5, pp.521-527. ISSN 1806-3756.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S1806-37132014000500008.

OBJECTIVE:

To analyze the effects of Pilates mat exercises in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF).

METHODS:

This was a clinical trial involving 19 CF patients recruited from either the CF Outpatient Clinic of the State University at Campinas Hospital de Clínicas or the Children's Institute of the University of São Paulo School of Medicine Hospital das Clínicas. All of the patients performed Pilates mat exercises for four months (one 60-min session per week). The variables studied (before and after the intervention) were respiratory muscle strength, MIP, MEP, FVC, and FEV1.

RESULTS:

After the intervention, MIP was significantly higher in the male patients (p = 0.017), as were MIP and MEP in the female patients (p = 0.005 and p = 0.007, respectively). There were no significant differences between the pre- and post-intervention values of FVC or FEV1, neither in the sample as a whole nor among the patients of either gender.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our results show that Pilates mat exercises have beneficial effects on respiratory muscle strength in CF patients.

Keywords : Cystic fibrosis; Muscle strength; Exercise movement techniques; Respiratory function tests.

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