In 4 weken een konditieverbetering van 17% en 70% meer push-ups!
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Chronic fatigue fixed in four weeks
by Jared Reed
6 May 2009
A four week exercise program can help young people with chronic fatigue resume school and social activities, Melbourne researchers have shown.
Adolescent patients with chronic fatigue syndrome showed significant improvements in their physical and psychological outlook after a short, intensive inpatient exercise program, a study at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital found.
The 16 adolescents who completed four weeks of graded, intensive exercise showed improvements of 42% in depression scores, 18% in time to fatigue, and 17% peak oxygen...
Promising outcomes of an adolescent chronic fatigue syndrome inpatient programme
J Paediatr Child Health. 2009 May;45(5):286-90.
Gordon, B; Lubitz, L
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
is a condition of prolonged and disabling fatigue,
which is accompanied by
characteristic constitutional and neuropsychiatric symptoms.
In children and adolescents,
this condition occurring at a developmentally vulnerable time
adds to the disability
affecting self-concept, autonomy, body image,
socialisation, sexuality and academic problems.
This case series looks at
the effects of a graded exercise programme on
mental state in an adolescent population.
Data sets from
who completed combined exercise training
as part of the 4-week inpatient intensive CFS programme
at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne
All patients completed
an exercise assessment and
before beginning any training.
A paediatrician (LL) confirmed the diagnosis
according to the Fukuda criteria
in all patients.
Exercise was carefully supervised and
prescribed daily by an exercise physiologist (BG)
according to each individual's ability and response
with the basic aim of
increasing exercise tolerance and
improving muscle strength and endurance.
There was an
18% improvement in volitional time to fatigue (P= 0.02) and
17% improvement in peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak) (P= 0.01).
Upper body strength and function
a remarkable 70% increase
in the number of push-ups.
Fatigue severity was reported to improve by 13% (P= 0.01) and
depression index improved significantly by 42% (P= 0.02).
The significance of these improvements cannot be underestimated
as an improvement in physical capacity
through increased time to fatigue and less severe fatigue
allows adolescents to resume school, social and family activities.
adolescent • chronic fatigue syndrome • exercise
Met dank aan Jan van Roijen