Utilization of an Anti-Gravity Treadmill in a Physical Activity Program with Female Breast Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study

The Ohio State University, Department of Kinesiology. 2 School of Health and Kinesiology, Georgia Southern University, 3Western Kentucky University, School of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport

Breast Cancer survivors can experience a myriad of physical and psychological benefits as a result of regular exercise

ABSTRACT

International Journal of Exercise Science 9(1): 101- 109, 2016. Breast Cancer survivors

can experience a myriad of physical and psychological benefits as a result of regular exercise. This

study aimed to build on previous research using lower impact exercise programs by using an anti-
gravity (Alter-G®) treadmill to administer cardiovascular training. The purpose of this study was

to determine the effectiveness a physical activity program, including an Alter-G® treadmill, for

improving physiological and psychosocial measures in female breast cancer survivors. A 14-week

intervention using an AB-AB study design was employed. Six female breast cancer survivors were

recruited to participate in the study. Participants attended three 60-minute sessions per week,

consisting of a combination of muscular strength/endurance, and cardiovascular endurance

exercises. Consistent with current literature and guidelines, exercise interventions were

individualized and tailored to suit individuals. Data was collected and analyzed in 2013. Visual

inspection of results found improvements in cardiovascular endurance and measures of body

composition. Quality of life was maintained and in some cases, improved. Finally, no adverse

effects were reported from the participants, and adherence to the program for those who completed

the study was 97%. The results of this study suggest that the use of a physical activity program in

combination with an Alter-G® treadmill may provide practical and meaningful improvements in

measures of cardiovascular endurance and body composition.

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