Introduction: The benefits of exercise training in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are no longer debating. However, the major challenge to overcome in subjects with COPD is to offer them a short-term training program allowing them to improve their exercise tolerance. Synthesis of the facts and results: Sixty patients with moderate or severe COPD performed a maximal exercise test before and after a short endurance training program. An improvement of the maximum tolerated power and delay of onset of ventilatory threshold were obtained at the end of the program. Conclusion: An intermittent short-term endurance exercise training where loads are individualized allows improving exercise tolerance in patients with moderate and moderately severe COPD.
- Intermittent exercise
- Rehabilitation program
- Ventilatory threshold
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine