Which activities do the CDC recommend for aerobic conditioning and respiratory exercise in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)?

Updated: Aug 17, 2020
  • Author: Twee T Do, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey D Thomson, MD  more...
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Swimming may have benefits for aerobic conditioning and respiratory exercise, is highly recommended from the early ambulatory to early non-ambulatory phases, and could be continued in the non-ambulatory phase as long as it is medically safe. Additional benefits may be provided by low-resistance strength training and optimization of upper body function. Significant muscle pain in the 24-hour period after a specific activity is a sign of overexertion and contraction-induced injury, and if this occurs the activity should be modified.


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