Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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Exercise Testing and Training with the Young Cystic Fibrosis Patient
Daniel Stevens, Craig A. Williams 
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Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre, School of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter, UK.

Craig A. Williams
✉ Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre, School Of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter, St. Luke’s Campus, Heavitree, Exeter EX1 2LU, England, UK
Email: c.a.williams@exeter.ac.uk
Publish Date
Received: 14-03-2007
Accepted: 18-07-2007
Published (online): 01-09-2007
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ABSTRACT

The purpose of the article is to review the literature related to exercise and Cystic fibrosis (CF), with particular focus on the young CF patient. Exercise intolerance is a characteristic of CF, however, recent studies in adults have advanced our understanding of how exercise can be used effectively as a prognostic marker and for rehabilitation purposes. New analyses from exercise testing have shown to have prognostic value, and different methods of exercise training have been reported to improve the functional capacity and quality of life of the young CF patient. There is a growing awareness and belief among clinicians of the benefits of exercise testing and training, however, recent work suggests that exercise is being underused in the healthcare management of the CF patient. More research is needed to identity which exercise tests and training programmes would be most feasible to incorporate into CF centres routine clinical procedures.

Key words: Cystic fibrosis, young patients, exercise testing, training programmes, physical activity


           Key Points
  • New methods of health assessment from exercise testing in the young CF patient have shown to have prognostic value.
  • The introduction of new training methods into exercise programmes can improve the functional capacity and quality of life of young patients with CF.
  • Exercise is still being underused in the healthcare management of the CF patient.
 
 
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