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Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

First Advisor

Mary Painter, PT, PhD, DPT


The inclusion of a home based exercise program including both aerobic and resistance training may slow or reverse the decline of pulmonary function and aerobic capacity. The program must be ongoing and individually tailored to each individual’s interests to ensure compliance. Participating in a routine exercise program consisting of aerobic activities alternating with strength training six days per week for twenty minutes will improve aerobic capacity. This allows patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) to have increased activity participation with decreased aerobic demand from the patient, which in return will provide a higher quality of life report. Adding inspiratory muscle training to an exercise program would further benefit patients with CF by improving pulmonary function and aerobic capacity tolerance.


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