The effects of exercise programming vs traditional outpatient therapy in the rehabilitation of severely burned children

Nick A. Cucuzzo, Arny Ferrando, David N. Herndon

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The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy and effects of exercise programming (Study group, n = 11) vs traditional outpatient therapy (Home group, n = 10) in burned children (> 40% body surface area). This was a prospective, randomized, controlled trial in a hospital-based children's wellness center. Twenty-one patients (13 boys and 8 girls) averaging 10.6 ± 0.9 years and TBSA = 59.7 ± 3.1% were evaluated 6 and 9 months postburn. Moderate intensity, progressive resistance and aerobic exercise conducted 3 times weekly for 1 hour were a supplement to standard therapy over 12 weeks. Muscular strength and functional outcome significantly increased in both groups (P < .05). Improvements in strength (80.1 vs 37.7%) and distance walked (39.5 vs 12.5%) were significantly greater for Study vs Home groups, respectively, P < .05. We conclude that exercise programming may be safely included in rehabilitation programs for severely burned children and can be effective in increasing muscular strength and functional outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)214-220
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Nursing(all)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)

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