Date of Award

8-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health and Physical Education

First Advisor

Madeline Paternostro Bayles, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Robert E. Alman II, D.Ed.

Third Advisor

Mark A. Sloniger, Ph.D.

Abstract

Breast cancer affects many women each year and research has shown that exercise can enhance the physical and psychological quality of life in these women. This study compared the quality of life and fitness measures of breast cancer survivors in a 10-week aerobic (AE) versus a body awareness (BA) training program. Ten sedentary female breast cancer survivors currently undergoing treatment or up to 18 months post treatment participated. The results indicated that the aerobics group improved more in flexibility (21%), cardiovascular fitness (8%), quality of life, resting heart rate, and girth measurements. The body awareness group improved more in the body fat and body weight. Both groups decreased their resting diastolic and systolic blood pressure (BA 6.9%, AE=4.3%, BA=4.6%, AE=.1%) respectively. These results indicate that body awareness and aerobics training can improve the quality of life and physical fitness of breast cancer survivors.

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