PROJECT TRAIN-ALS - LET’S EXERCISE TOGETHER
Researchers from the Institute for Health and Sport (Victoria University), in collaboration with neurologists at Western Health, want to better understand the role of personalised exercise training in patients with MND.
Their hypothesis is that moderate-intensity exercise training, tailored to the needs of each patient, will be beneficial in terms of maintaining strength and exercise tolerance. The maintenance of these functional capacities will help improve the physical independence and quality of life of patients with MND.
The TRAIN-ALS project has received Ethics Approval and the recruitment phase started in April 2018. The project aims to recruit 24 patients with MND. Patients will participate in an exercise training program supervised by an exercise physiologist, 3 times/week for 12 weeks, at the new Victoria University Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Clinic (VUCER), Footscray. This project is still recruiting until the first week of September 2019.
This will be the first study with a large sample of patients to define if exercise could be used as personalised medicine to improve the lives of those with MND.
The findings of this study will help to address the current lack of knowledge concerning the physiological and functional effects of exercise in patients with MND, and will help to determine the role of physical activity in their management and treatment.
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