Aerobic exercise in adult neuromuscular rehabilitation: A survey of healthcare professionals

Eric L. Voorn*, Fieke Koopman, Frans Nollet, Merel A. Brehm

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the current application of aerobic exercise in adult neuromuscular rehabilitation. Design: Cross-sectional survey. Participants: Dutch rehabilitation specialists and physical therapists in specialized centres for slowly progressive neuromuscular diseases and in primary care. Methods: Participants received a self-designed, web-based, questionnaire, including 27 close-ended questions covering 4 categories: respondent profile, application of aerobic exercise, barriers to prescribing aerobic exercise, and need for support to improve the application of aerobic exercise. Results: All respondents (n=52) prescribed aerobic exercise and in a wide variety of neuromuscular diseases, mostly applying sessions of more than 20 min, 2 days per week, over a period of 9-16 weeks, using different exercise modes and methods to target intensity. The majority (81%) agreed that aerobic exercise should be incorporated into neuromuscular rehabilitation. However, all respondents perceived barriers to the application of aerobic exercise in one or more domains, and 77% of the respondents indicated needing support to improve application of this type of training, mostly with respect to screening procedures (54%) and dosing of exercise programmes (48%). Conclusion: Aerobic exercise is widely applied, yet our results raise awareness of the necessity of more evidence based knowledge, in order to develop and implement guidelines in adult neuromuscular rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-524
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume51
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aerobic exercise
  • Cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Rehabilitation

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