• Lara Blas Universidad del País Vasco, Spain
  • Daniel Castillo Universidad del País Vasco, Spain
  • Oscar Lacalzada Club Deportivo Zuzenak
  • Aitor Iturricastillo Universidad del País Vasco, Spain
Keywords: physical activity, physiological responses internal load, physical capacity


This study was aimed at describing the physiological responses of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients in each session of an 8-week training program and analyzing its effects on the patients’ physical performance. Four COPD patients (64 ± 6 years) participated in this study. A 6-minute walking test (6MWT) (T1) was performed before the training program to determine the cardiovascular capacity of the participants. After 8 weeks 6MWT was repeated (T2). During the training program participants performed interval aerobic endurance, strength, stretching and respiratory muscle training. There was no significant increase in the physiological variables (systolic and diastolic blood pressure and oxygen saturation) after 6MWT neither in T1 or T2. However, the systolic pressure in the Post test of T1 (∆%=24.8±22.1; ES=2.2, high) and Post test of T2 (∆%=14.0±13.2; ES=1.0, high) reported a tendency to be higher than the Pre test. With respect to physical performance, participants walked slightly more meters after the training sessions (∆%=4.61; ES=0.4, low), which was accompanied by an increased effort perception (∆%=107.1; ES=3.0 and ∆%=200.0; ES=1.8 for RPEmus). Participants slightly improved their physical performance in the 6MWT probably because sessions were not only focused on improving aerobic capacity but also muscle strength.


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Author Biographies

Lara Blas, Universidad del País Vasco
Graduada en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte, Universidad del País Vasco
Daniel Castillo, Universidad del País Vasco
Licenciado en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte, Universidad del País Vasco
Oscar Lacalzada, Club Deportivo Zuzenak
Experto en actividad física adaptada. Centro de actividad física adaptada
Aitor Iturricastillo, Universidad del País Vasco
Licenciado en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte, Universidad del País Vasco


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How to Cite
Blas, L., Castillo, D., Lacalzada, O., & Iturricastillo, A. (2016). AEROBIC AND STRENGTH EXERCISES IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD): A CASE STUDY. MHSalud: Revista En Ciencias Del Movimiento Humano Y Salud, 13(2).