Eight Weeks of Pilates Training Improves Respiratory Measures in People With a History of COVID-19: A Preliminary Study

Behnam Bagherzadeh-Rahmani, Negin Kordi, Amir Hossein Haghighi, Cain C T Clark, Luca Brazzi, Emanuele Marzetti, Paulo Gentil

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    Abstract

    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can result in prolonged and severe damage to the lungs and quality of life (QoL). This study was designed to investigate the effects of 8-week Pilates and Aqua-Pilates training on pulmonary function and QoL in patients with COVID-19. Pilates and Aqua-Pilates training promotes similar changes on pulmonary function and QoL in people with a history of COVID-19. Randomized controlled trial. Level 3. A total of 45 participants (24 men and 21 women) with a history of COVID-19 were assigned randomly to 3 groups: Pilates training (standard Pilates), Aqua-Pilates training (Pilates in water), and Control. The training protocol was performed for 8 weeks (3 sessions per week). Forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1), and the ratio of FEV1 to the FVC (FEV1/FVC) indices were measured by a spirometer. The 26-item questionnaire World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQOL) BREF was used to assess QoL. Data were analyzed using paired-sample test and analysis of covariance with an alpha level
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)710-717
    Number of pages8
    JournalSports Health
    Volume15
    Issue number5
    Early online date2 Oct 2022
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2023

    Keywords

    • respiratory rehabilitation
    • pulmonary function
    • quality of life
    • resistance training
    • pilates
    • aqua-pilates
    • COVID-19

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