This presentation provides an overview of the characteristics, signs and symptoms of CFS, according to the Centres for Chronic Disease (Fukuda et al 1994) diagnostic criteria, and the aetiology of the condition. The following aspects of CFS will also be discussed: immune system dysfunction, cardiovascular issues (e.g. POTS), neuroendocrine abnormalities, muscular pain and fatigue, and psychosocial issues (e.g. anxiety, depression, attention deficits). Exercise testing, exercise responses and exercise prescription will be discussed, based on the most recent evidence. There has been considerable discussion about the usefulness of repeated VO2max testing with this population group, compared to one-off VO2max testing or sub-maximal testing. There is comparatively little research on appropriate methods of strength testing. Exercise prescription needs to be individualised and appropriate to the health of the client. The merits of Graded Exercise Therapy, Adaptive Pacing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and intermittent exercise are discussed with reference to the literature. Contraindications to exercise will be included in the presentation, as will de-identified case studies.
The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 28th May 2015.
Presented by Dr Suzanne Broadbent, ESSAM AEP
Dr Broadbent has a Bachelor of Education (University of Newcastle), and a Bachelor of Exercise Science (1st Class Honours) plus PhD in Exercise Science from Griffith University (Gold Coast) and she is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Dr Broadbent has Lectured at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand and Victoria University, Melbourne. She is currently the Senior Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Course Coordinator of the Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW.
Suzanne’s research interests include exercise immunology, specifically the affects of long term training on immune function; exercise interventions for cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and autoimmune conditions; cardiopulmonary exercise rehabilitation; musculoskeletal functional rehabilitation. She has published articles in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, the Journal of Applied Physiology, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, Cancer, Journal of Fitness Research and BMC Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and is an invited author and presenter internationally. Dr Broadbent has just completed an ARC Linkage Grant as part of a team working with exercise interventions for prostate cancer survivors, and is also
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