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ORIGINAL ARTICLE  EPIDEMIOLOGY AND CLINICAL MEDICINE 

The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2021 November;61(11):1523-8

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.21.11852-3

Copyright © 2021 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

lingua: Inglese

Karate as a supporting therapy of secondary prevention in breast cancer: a pilot study

Ulrich LINDEMANN 1 , Michaela BUHL 2, Axel NACKE 2

1 Department of Geriatrics and Clinic for Geriatric Rehabilitation, Robert-Bosch-Hospital, Stuttgart, Germany; 2 Oncologic Outpatient Center, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany



BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is a major health burden for women and the most common female cancer. Regarding secondary prevention, it is important to evaluate new approaches of supportive care. Recently, exercise interventions derived from martial arts have been applied in breast cancer patients. The aim of this pilot study was to describe the feasibility of a health-related karate intervention in breast cancer patients.
METHODS: In this pilot study, health-related karate was offered to 20-60 years old women after primary cancer treatment. Participants were recruited in an oncological outpatient center. Feasibility of the intervention was described by eligibility, uptake, adherence, class attendance, adverse events, and continuation after the study.
RESULTS: The uptake rate was 46.5% out of 88% eligible patients. Class attendance of the 15 participating women (median age 52 years) was 84%. Adherence during intervention was 93% and 12 women (80%) continued the karate training after the study. No adverse events were reported.
CONCLUSIONS: Health-related karate exercises are feasible in breast cancer patients after finished primary cancer treatment. High eligibility, uptake and adherence allow the initiation of exercise classes.


KEY WORDS: Breast neoplasms; Sports; Exercise; Martial arts

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