Extensive functional evaluations to monitor aerobic training in Becker Muscular Dystrophy: A case report

  • Caterina Tramonti Unit of Neurorehabilitation, Department of Neuroscience, University Hospital of Pisa, Italy.
  • Bruno Rossi Unit of Neurorehabilitation, Department of Neuroscience, University Hospital of Pisa, Italy.
  • Carmelo Chisari | c.chisari@ao-pisa.toscana.it Unit of Neurorehabilitation, Department of Neuroscience, University Hospital of Pisa, Italy.

Abstract

Low-intensity aerobic training seems to have positive effects on muscle strength, endurance and fatigue in Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD) patients. We describe the case of a 33-year old BMD man, who performed a four-week aerobic training. Extensive functional evaluations were executed to monitor the efficacy of the rehabilitative treatment. Results evidenced an increased force exertion and an improvement in muscle contraction during sustained exercise. An improvement of walk velocity, together with agility, endurance capacity and oxygen consumption during exercise was observed. Moreover, an enhanced metabolic efficiency was evidenced, as shown by reduced lactate blood levels after training. Interestingly, CK showed higher levels after the training protocol, revealing possible muscle damage. In conclusion, aerobic training may represent an effective method improving exercise performance, functional status and metabolic efficiency. Anyway, a careful functional assessment should be taken into account as a useful approach in the management of the disease’s rehabilitative treatment.

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Carmelo Chisari, Unit of Neurorehabilitation, Department of Neuroscience, University Hospital of Pisa
Unit of Neurorehabilitation
Published
2016-06-13
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Myology Made in Italy
Keywords:
Becker Muscular Dystrophy, Oxidative Metabolism, Aerobic Training, Muscle Damage
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Tramonti, C., Rossi, B., & Chisari, C. (2016). Extensive functional evaluations to monitor aerobic training in Becker Muscular Dystrophy: A case report. European Journal of Translational Myology, 26(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/ejtm.2016.5873

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