Effects of Resistance Training Frequency on Physical Functioning and Quality of Life in Prostate Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Norris, Mary K
  • Background: Resistance training (RT) improves physical functioning and quality of life in prostate cancer survivors but the optimal frequency of RT is unknown. Methods: A pilot randomized controlled trial was conducted to estimate the potential effects of 12 weeks of supervised RT for 3 days/week (n=16) versus 2 days/week (n=14) in recently diagnosed prostate cancer survivors. The primary outcome was muscular strength assessed by a multiple repetition maximum test at baseline and post-intervention. Secondary outcomes were objective physical functioning assessed by the Senior’s Fitness Test, health-related quality of life assessed by the Medical Outcomes Survey-Short Form (SF)-36 scale, and several psychosocial functioning scales. Results: A statistical trend (p<0.10) and/or potentially meaningful effect (standardized effect size d ≥0.20) was found that favored the 3 days/week group for the co-primary outcome of greater lower body strength [Mean (M)=27.8; 95% confidence interval (CI): -0.9 to 56.5; p=0.057; d=0.72] and the secondary outcomes of improved 30-second chair stand (d=0.29; p=0.31), sit and reach (d=0.24; p=0.33), the 6 minute walk (d=0.21; p=0.42), and the SF-36 physical component summary (d=0.21; p=0.41). Conversely, a statistical trend and/or potentially meaningful effect favoring the 2 days/week group was found for the SF-36 mental component summary (d=-0.38; p=0.10), SF-36 mental health (d=-0.44; p=0.11), SF-36 vitality (d=-0.31; p=0.28), SF-36 role-emotional (d=-0.23; p=0.43), anxiety (d=0.32; p=0.29), happiness (d=-0.31; p=0.36), and perceived stress (d=0.23; p=0.39). Conclusions: RT 3 days/week appeared to improve lower body strength and physical functioning more than 2 days/week but may actually suppress some aspects of psychosocial functioning since several indices of this were better with RT twice a week.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Physical Education and Recreation
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Bell, Gordon (Physical Education and Recreation)
    • Courneya, Kerry (Physical Education and Recreation)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Courneya, Kerry (Physical Education and Recreation)
    • Syrotuik, Dan (Physical Education and Recreation)
    • Bell, Gordon (Physical Education and Recreation)