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Research: Development of an Instrument to Measure Adherence to Strength Training in Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Survivors

In a September 2009 study in the Oncology Nursing Forum, Development of an Instrument to Measure Adherence to Strength Training in Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Survivors, researchers from the University of Nebraska in Omaha and in Lincoln, and Southern Oregon University in Ashland, reported that: “To increase adherence to exercise programs in breast cancer survivors, researchers must identify factors related to adherence. According to the American College of Sports Medicine ([ACSM], 2006), to achieve the health benefits of resistance training, participation should include a minimum of two days per week, at least one set of 8–12 repetitions, using 6–10 exercises that incorporate the major muscle groups. Unfortunately, exercise program adherence rates are alarmingly low. About 50% of healthy adult women who begin an exercise program quit after six months. The purpose of this study was to develop a theory […] to assess factors influencing adherence to strength- or weight-based training (SWTE) programs in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors with bone loss. The general findings that prioritizing time, overcoming barriers, education, feedback, and social support are associated with exercise adherence are consistent with factors related to adherence as identified by [others, including] with previous research conducted in healthy women.”

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