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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Resistance Training: Improving Skeletal Muscle Dysfunction

Ronai, Peter MS, ACSM RCEP, CSCS, *D; Sorace, Paul MS, ACSM RCEP, CSCS
Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2007
Column: Special Populations: PDF Only


Skeletal muscle dysfunction is common in persons with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Resistance training (RT) is a proven effective intervention to improve skeletal muscle dysfunction. This column explains COPD's relationship to skeletal muscle dysfunction and gives guidelines for developing, implementing, and monitoring a RT program for persons with COPD

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