EFFECT OF DYNAMIC EXERCISE (AEROBIC+RESISTANCE), MORE STATIC STRETCHING ON FLEXIBILITY IN WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER
ResumoObjective. was to assess flexibility in women with breast cancer who underwent combined training (CT) (static stretching, more aerobic+resistance). Methods. This was a controlled pilot study, with 31 women (age 30 to 59) under breast cancer treatment, 14 women were allocated to a training group (TG) who underwent CT, concomitant to hospital treatment and 17 women for the control group (CG) who only underwent hospital treatment. The CT was performed in 12 weeks with 5 sessions per week, three sessions (aerobic+resistance) and two sessions (stretching exercises) on alternate days. The flexibility of the shoulder was measured by means of the 360º Sanny pendulum goniometer. Results. The TG presented increased flexibility in the horizontal abduction of the right shoulder (p=0.001) and in the lower limbs (p<0.001), but the CG showed a reduction in the horizontal abduction of the right shoulder (p=0.003). The effect size for horizontal abduction of the right shoulder was medium (p=0.508) and for the lower limbs was large (p=0.839). Conclusion. CT may be a therapeutic intervention to increase flexibility in women with breast cancer.
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