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The Effects of Resistance Training on Physical Function and Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors

School of Health and Human Performance, Georgia College and State University, Campus Box 112, Milledgeville, GA 31061, USA
School of Nutrition and Dietetics, The University of AkronSchrank Hall South 210M, Akron, OH 44325, USA
Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306, USA
Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging, Florida State University, 0412 Sandals Bldg., Tallahassee, FL 32306, USA
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editors: Joanne Reid and Helen Noble
Healthcare 2015, 3(3), 695-709;
Received: 1 April 2015 / Revised: 26 July 2015 / Accepted: 26 July 2015 / Published: 11 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Holistic Needs of Those Living with and beyond Breast Cancer)
Breast cancer survivors (BCS) exhibit decreased physical function and quality of life (QOL) following cancer treatments. Resistance training (RT) may elicit positive changes in physical and mental well-being. This study assessed 27 BCS, pre-and post-intervention (six months) on the following variables: muscular strength (via one repetition maximum (1RM) of chest press and leg extension), physical function (via the Continuous Scale-Physical Functional Performance test) and QOL (via the Short Form-36 survey). RT consisted of two days/week of ten exercises including two sets of 8–12 repetitions at 52%–69% of their 1RM. A repeated measures analysis of variance revealed BCS significantly (p < 0.05) increased upper (71 ± 22 to 89 ± 22 kg) and lower body (74 ± 18 to 93 ± 24 kg) strength, total physical function (65.5 ± 12.1 to 73.6 ± 12.2 units) and the subcomponents of physical function: upper body strength (63.5 ± 16.3 to 71.2 ± 16.8 units), lower body strength (58.5 ± 14.9 to 68.6 ± 16.3 units), balance and coordination (66.5 ± 12.2 to 74.6 ± 11.6 units), and endurance (67.2 ± 12.0 to 75.0 ± 11.6 units). No changes were observed over time for subjective measures of physical function and QOL. Results showed RT could be an effective means to improve objective physical function in BCS. Further research is needed to clarify the effects of RT on subjective physical function and QOL. View Full-Text
Keywords: breast cancer survivors; physical function; quality of life; resistance training breast cancer survivors; physical function; quality of life; resistance training
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Simonavice, E.; Liu, P.-Y.; Ilich, J.Z.; Kim, J.-S.; Arjmandi, B.H.; Panton, L.B. The Effects of Resistance Training on Physical Function and Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors. Healthcare 2015, 3, 695-709.

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