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Physical and psychological benefits of a 24-week traditional dance program in breast cancer survivors.
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PMID:  21419356     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the influence of a mixed exercise program, including Greek traditional dances and upper body training, in physical function, strength and psychological condition of breast cancer survivors. Twenty-seven women (N = 27), who had been diagnosed and surgically treated for breast cancer, volunteered to participate in this study. The experimental group consisted of 14 women with mean age 56.6 (4.2) years. They attended supervised Greek traditional dance courses and upper body training (1 h, 3 sessions/week) for 24 weeks. The control group consisted of 13 sedentary women with mean age 57.1 (4.1) years. Blood pressure, heart rate, physical function (6-min walking test), handgrip strength, arm volume and psychological condition (Life Satisfaction Inventory and Beck Depression Inventory) were evaluated before and after the exercise program. The results showed significant increases of 19.9% for physical function, 24.3% for right handgrip strength, 26.1% for left handgrip strength, 36.3% for life satisfaction and also a decrease of 35% for depressive symptoms in the experimental group after the training program. Significant reductions of 9% for left hand and 13.7% for right hand arm volume were also found in the experimental group. Consequently, aerobic exercise with Greek traditional dances and upper body training could be an alternative choice of physical activity for breast cancer survivors, thus promoting benefits in physical function, strength and psychological condition.
Antonia Kaltsatou; Dimitra Mameletzi; Stella Douka
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-04-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of bodywork and movement therapies     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1532-9283     ISO Abbreviation:  J Bodyw Mov Ther     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9700068     Medline TA:  J Bodyw Mov Ther     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  162-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Sports Medicine Laboratory, Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54006 Thessaloniki, Greece.
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