A periodized training regimen for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) achieved greater improvements in exercise capacity compared to conventional exercise with less than half the training time.
Why this matters
Reduced exercise capacity is a key secondary symptom of MS and the primary treatment strategy for MS includes a combination of pharmaceutical and exercise-based intervention.
It is believed that high-intensity exercise modalities are more effective than conventional low to moderate modalities, but optimization is required to ensure programs have good adherence and are sustainable.
Periodizing high-intensity exercise in MS rehabilitation may help to improve outcomes not only in exercise capacity, but in body composition and muscle strength.