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Rehabilitation Management of Neuromuscular Disease: The Role of Exercise Training

Abresch, R Ted MS*; Han, Jay J MD*; Carter, Gregory T MD, MS

Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease: September 2009 - Volume 11 - Issue 1 - p 7-21
doi: 10.1097/CND.0b013e3181a8d36b
Review Article

This paper summarizes the current state of knowledge regarding exercise and neuromuscular diseases/disorders (NMDs) and reviews salient studies in the literature. Unfortunately, there is inadequate evidence in much of the NMDs to make specific recommendations regarding exercise prescriptions. This review focuses on the role of exercise in a few of the specific NMDs where most research has taken place and recommends future research directions.

From the *Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA; and †Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA.

Support obtained through Research and Training Center Grant #HB133B980008 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Reprints: Gregory T. Carter, MD, MS, 1800 Cooks Hill Road, Suite E, Centralia, WA 98531 (e-mail:

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.