- Monitoring physical activity and fitness
- Health-related fitness tests for public health monitoring
- Development and evaluation of a 2-km Walking Test
- Health-related fitness test battery
- Health-related fitness tests for older adults
- Motor Skill Test Battery for Adults
- Required motor abilities in commonly practised exercise modes
- Physical activity and motor abilities
- Health 2000 and Health 2011
- Exercise Loading and Bone Structure
- FeetEnergy — promoting physical activity among 8th graders
- Promoting safe participation in physical activity
- Prevention of knee and ankle injuries
- Floorball injuries — epidemiology and prevention
- Effects of exercise on physical functioning, bone strength and fall risk among older women
- Vitamin D and Exercise in Fall Prevention
- Effect of vibration training on physical functioning and risk of falling in older people
- Fall-induced injuries among the elderly in Finland
- Neuromuscular Exercise and Counseling Prevent Low Back Pain
- Risk factors of injuries and injury prevention in youth football
- Promoting health-enhancing physical activity
- Counselling, lifestyle and physical activity in maternity care
- Physical activity counseling in maternity and child health care
- Promoting physical activity among women at risk for gestational diabetes
- Validity of a leisure time physical activity questionnaire
- Pregnant Women’s Work Ability, Sickness Absence and Return to Employment
- Effect of physical activity on menopausal symptoms
- Breast Cancer and Exercise
- Prevention of Chronic Lower Back Pain in Female Nurses
- Weight Reduction and Long-distance Truck and Bus Drivers
- Physical Activity and Reducing of Headaches
- Developing physical activity counselling
- HEPA Europe Co-operation
- Safety 2016 World Conference
Breast Cancer and Exercise
A national multi-centre trial, that included Tampere as one of the centres, where the aim was to explore the impact of exercise on breast cancer survivors' bone structure, physical performance, weight management and quality of life.
In Finland, breast cancer is the most common cancer type among women and it is becoming increasingly more common with nearly 3,800 women diagnosed every year.
One form of adjuvant treatment used to treat breast cancer is chemotherapy and hormonal therapy such as antiestrogens and aromatase inhibitors. Long-term use of medication has some harmful effects, one of which is related to the reduced production of oestrogen.
The harmful effects include reduced bone density and reduced physical and mental performance. Similarly, osteoporosis may predispose patients to osteoporotic fractures; although the risk of fractures can be reduced through various long-term medications that increase the treatment costs.
Exercise and guided training has been found to have a variety of health benefits, including improving muscular strength and reducing the risk of falling.
The trial conducted at the UKK Institute was part of an extensive BREX trial. The study investigated, with the help of breast cancer survivors who received adjuvant treatments (chemotherapy, hormonal and/or radiation therapy), the effects of intensive aerobic exercise on bone structure, physical performance, weight management and quality of life.
In addition, the study investigated the prevention of other diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, as well as the cost-effectiveness of an exercise intervention.
A total of 90 women participated in the Tampere part of the study which was conducted at the UKK Institute in collaboration with the Tampere University Hospital and the Pirkanmaa Cancer Society.
The exercise group members participated in supervised training once a week and they were also asked to go through the given home training program independently three times a week.
Riitta Luoto, Research Director
For publications (international and Finnish) of this research see the Finnish description.
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