Evaluating pulmonary function, aerobic capacity, and pediatric quality of life following a 10-week aerobic exercise training in school-aged asthmatics: a randomized controlled trial

Walid K Abdelbasset, Saud F Alsubaie, Sayed A Tantawy, Tamer I Abo Elyazed, Dalia M Kamel
  • Patient Preference and Adherence, June 2018, Dove Medical Press
  • DOI: 10.2147/ppa.s159622

Evaluating pediatric quality of life following aerobics in school-aged asthmatics

What is it about?

It has been documented that aerobic exercise may increase pulmonary functions and aerobic capacity, but limited data have evaluated a child’s satisfaction and pediatric quality of life (PQoL) with exercise training.

Why is it important?

This study aimed to investigate the effects of moderate-intensity exercise training on asthmatic school-aged children. This study included 38 school-aged children with asthma (23 males and 15 females) aged between 8–12 years. They were randomly assigned to two groups, aerobic exercise (AE) and conventional treatment (Con ttt) groups. The AE group received a program of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise for 10 weeks with asthma medications and the Con ttt group received only asthma medications without exercise intervention. A home respiratory exercise was recommended for the two groups. Aerobic capacity was investigated using maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), 6-minute walk test (6MWT), and fatigue index. PQoL was evaluated using the Pediatric Quality of Life Questionnaire (PQoLQ). Also, pulmonary function tests were performed, and the results recorded.


Dr. Walid Kamal Abdelbasset (Author)
Cairo University

I hope this article makes people be aware that physical exercise had beneficial effects on pulmonary functions, aerobic capacity, and PQoL in school-aged children with asthma. Effort and awareness should be dedicated to encouraging the active lifestyle among different populations, especially asthmatic children.

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The following have contributed to this page: Dr. Walid Kamal Abdelbasset, Sayed Tantawy, and Tamer Abo Elyazed