Exercise in neuromuscular diseases

R. Ted Abresch, Gregory T. Carter, Jay J. Han, Craig M McDonald

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This article reviews the current knowledge regarding the benefits and contraindications of exercise on individuals with neuromuscular diseases (NMDs). Specific exercise prescriptions for individuals with NMDs do not exist because the evidence base is limited. Understanding the effect of exercise on individuals with NMDs requires the implementation of a series of multicenter, randomized controlled trials that are sufficiently powered and use reliable and valid outcome measures to assess the effect of exercise interventions-a major effort for each NMD. In addition to traditional measures of exercise efficacy, outcome variables should include measures of functional status and health-related quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-673
Number of pages21
JournalPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Exercise therapy
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Randomized controlled trials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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