Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2017 , Vol 63 , Num 1

The effect of aerobic exercise with low intensity and short duration on functional capacity and quality of life in two patients with McArdle disease

Tuncay Çakır 1 ,Meral Bilgilisoy Filiz 1 ,Burcu Otağ 1 ,Naciye Füsun Toraman 1
1 Antalya Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Kliniği, Antalya, Türkiye DOI : 10.5606/tftrd.2017.89083 The exercise capacity of patients with McArdle disease deteriorates and functional capacity declines in time because of avoidance of cramp and pain related to exercise. We detected beneficial effects on functional capacity and quality of life induced by supervised low intensity (3-8 of Borg scale of perceived exertion, 5-44% intensity) aerobic exercise program for one month including five walking sessions (30-45 minute/session) per week in two patients. This result reveals the positive effects of low intensity aerobic exercise in these patients, even if it’s for a short term. Keywords : Exercise; functional capacity; McArdle; quality of life; rehabilitation