Effects of a Community Based Exercise Program in Adults with Severe Burns
The purpose of this study is to compare the effects of an exercise rehabilitation program that is carried out in the community, (a place such as YMCa or 24-hour Fitness), versus the current standard of care which is prescription for activity that is not supervised. More specifically, this study will determine whether exercise in the community will help the patient physically as well as emotionally.
Primary or main outcome measures will be treadmill time using a standard Modified Bruce Protocol and a Return-to-Work (BTW) Survey.
Secondary outcome measures will be Quality of Life measures, peak oxygen consumption, leg strength and lean mass.
a) Age >=18 or <60 years of age
b) Burn injury >= 30% TBSA
c) Those who suffered a major cardiac event at the time of injury or during treatment must be
cleared for exercise by the treating burn surgeon or a cardiologist.