Objective: To estimate the effectiveness of muscle training, the degree of dyspnea and
aerobic capacity in patients over 50 with COPD, in a health care institution provider in
Question: What is the effectiveness of muscle training, in the degree of dyspnea and aerobic
capacity in COPD patients over 50 years, in a health service institution provider in the
department of Antioquia?
Hypothesis: Muscle training causes changes in the degree of dyspnea and aerobic capacity,
other than the breathing exercises and relaxation
Design: Randomized clinical trial with allocation and blinding of the autcomes assesor.
Participants: COPD patients stage II and II, male and female, over 50 years old, who are
attending to a community health service provider in the department of Antioquia.
Intervention: A physiotherapeutic intervention using PNF technique was applied to the
experimental physiotherapy group versus Yoga sessions applied to the other group. Twelve
weeks protocol performing three sessions per week.
Outcome measures: Dyspnea degree and aerobic capacity was measured using the MMRC scale and
the six minute walking test respectively at the begining and the end of the study.