The effects of an integrated exercise and recreation therapy intervention on breast cancer survivors Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Pearson, Jamie Lynn
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
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  • Researchers investigated effects of a 20-week integrative intervention (IIG) assessing the physical and psychosocial health of breast cancer survivors. This retrospective study included 70 survivors randomized into 4 groups: IIG, exercise only (EX), recreation therapy only (RT), or control group (CO) and assessed at baseline, week 8, and post intervention. Three days a week the IIG exercised at low to moderate-intensity 60 minutes, and recreation therapy 30 minutes, EX did exercise only, RT did recreation therapy only and the control group, no intervention for the first 8 weeks. Following week 8 assessments, all groups received IIG intervention. Results revealed that the IIG promoted positive changes in cardiorespiratory function (p= .001), muscular fitness (p≤.0005), fatigue (p≤.0005), and quality of life (p= .001) within the first 8 weeks of a 20-week rehabilitation program. In conclusion, a combined exercise and psychosocial intervention promotes improvements in physiological and psychological needs of breast cancer survivors.
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  • ... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science (Exercise Physiology).
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  • Battaglini, Claudio L.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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