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Reduced exertion high-intensity interval training (REHIT) in an adult with Cystic Fibrosis: A mixed-methods case study / Sean Aspinall; Denise Hill; Kelly Mackintosh; Melitta McNarry

Respiratory Medicine Case Reports, Volume: 31, Start page: 101173

Swansea University Authors: Sean, Aspinall, Denise, Hill, Kelly, Mackintosh, Melitta, McNarry

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Abstract

Although aerobic capacity has been identified as an important predictor of mortality in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) individuals, many remain insufficiently active. As a ‘lack of time’ is a commonly cited barrier to exercise, reduced-exertion high-intensity interval training (REHIT) may provide a truly time...

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Published in: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
ISSN: 2213-0071
Published: Elsevier BV 2020
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa54861
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Abstract: Although aerobic capacity has been identified as an important predictor of mortality in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) individuals, many remain insufficiently active. As a ‘lack of time’ is a commonly cited barrier to exercise, reduced-exertion high-intensity interval training (REHIT) may provide a truly time-effective method to increase aerobic capacity. Six-weeks of REHIT in a CF individual was assessed by a cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) and individual perceptions described using a self-report narrative. Peak oxygen uptake (V˙ O2peak) increased by 6% whilst pulmonary function remained unchanged. Qualitative data indicated social support and low-time commitment positively influenced adherence with fatigue and lack of enjoyment noted as a significant barriers. REHIT was demonstrated as a viable, manageable option for a CF individual with moderate-severe pulmonary limitation. Further research is needed to determine the efficacy of REHIT in a large representative sample to ascertain whether it represents an alternative treatment strategy.
Keywords: Cystic fibrosis, Exercise, High-intensity interval training, Aerobic capacity, Pulmonary function
College: College of Engineering
Start Page: 101173