Journal:Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):15, 43, 1, 34-40
Article reviews the evidence for the utility of rehabilitative exercise training (RET) in restoring physiological function in burn survivors. Severe burn trauma results in persistent skeletal muscle catabolism and prolonged immobilization. The authors hypothesize that structured RET is a safe and effective strategy to restore lean body mass and physical function in burn victims. Empirical evidence clearly demonstrates that RET improves measures of physiological function such as aerobic capacity and strength in patients recovering from severe burns. For this reason, the authors conclude that progressive RET should be a component of the outpatient care of burn survivors.