Novel Approach to Intradialytic Progressive Resistance Exercise Training

Daniela Filipa Cardoso, Diogo Vaz Leal, Pedro Martins, Eduardo Andre Abade, Henrique Coelho Rocha, Manuel Ferreira, Luke Alexander Baker, Alice C. Smith, João L. Viana

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Physical activity levels are typically undesirably low in chronic kidney disease patients, especially in those undergoing haemodialysis, and particularly on dialysis days. Intradialytic exercise programmes could be a solution to this issue and have been reported to be safe and relatively easily implemented in dialysis clinics. Nevertheless, such implementation has been failing in part due to barriers such as the lack of funding, qualified personnel, equipment, and patient motivation. Intradialytic aerobic exercise has been the most used type of intervention in dialysis clinics. However, resistance exercise may be superior in eliciting potential benefits on indicators of muscle strength and mass. Yet, few intradialytic exercise programmes have focused on this type of intervention, and the ones which have report inconsistent benefits, diverging on prescribed exercise intensity, absent or subjective load progression, equipment availability, or exercise supervision. Commonly, intradialytic resistance exercise interventions use free weights, ankle cuffs, or elastic bands which hinder load progression and exercise intensity monitoring. Here, we introduce a recently developed intradialytic resistance exercise device and propose an accompanying innovative resistance exercise training protocol which aims to improve the quality of resistance exercise interventions within dialysis treatment sessions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)768 - 774
JournalBlood Purification
Issue number9-10
Early online dateSept 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2023


  • Haemodialysis
  • Machine-based
  • Resistance exercise


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