Respiratory muscle training in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1986 Jun;28(3):314-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1986.tb03879.x.


Eighteen boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy were entered into trials to assess the effects of specific ventilatory strength and endurance training programmes. The findings showed an improvement in ventilatory muscle endurance but not in strength as a result of specific respiratory muscle training. The clinical significance of these findings is uncertain, however, and needs further evaluation.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Air Pressure
  • Child
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscular Dystrophies / rehabilitation*
  • Physical Endurance
  • Respiratory Therapy*
  • Vital Capacity