Effects of Selected Core Stability Exercises on Dialysis Quality and Muscular Strength of Male Hemodialysis Patients

Mehrdad Bastani, Gholamali Ghasemi, Morteza Sadeghi, Vazgen Minasian


Background: Hemodialysis patients with end-stage renal disease (ESR) have
lower physical, emotional, and cognitive functions than healthy people of the
same age due to their inactive lifestyles and treatment approaches. This study
aimed to investigate the effects of selected core stability exercises on the dialysis
quality and muscular strength of male hemodialysis patients.
Methods: In this quasi–experimental study, 30 male hemodialysis patients
(age: 62.24±6.51 years; history of dialysis: 9.4±18.44 months) were selected
by convenience sampling and assigned into experimental (n=15) and control
(n=15) groups. The quality of dialysis and muscular strength of the subjects were
assessed by blood sampling before and after dialysis and 5× sit-to-stand tests,
respectively. A core stability exercise program was performed for 6 weeks, 3
sessions per week, 45 minute per session.
Results: Data analysis showed that there was no significant difference in the
quality of dialysis between the experimental and control groups (P=0.485), but
a significant difference was observed in muscular strength between the two
groups (P=0.001). Exercise has a significant effect on the variable.
Conclusion: Based on the results of this study, core stability exercises can be
recommended to male hemodialysis patients as a safe and practical strategy for
improving their muscular strength and quality of life.


Core Stability, Hemodialysis, Dialysis Quality

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