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Exercise Training and Depression in ESRD: A Review

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  • Georgia I. Mitrou,

    1. Department of PE and Sport Science, University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece
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    • Equal first authors.
  • Stefania S. Grigoriou,

    1. Department of PE and Sport Science, University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece
    2. Department of Kinesiology, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece
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    • Equal first authors.
  • Evi Konstantopoulou,

    1. Department of PE and Sport Science, University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece
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  • Paraskevi Theofilou,

    1. Department of Kinesiology, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece
    2. Department of Psychology, Panteion University, Athens, Greece
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  • Christoforos D. Giannaki,

    1. Department of Life & Health Sciences, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
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  • Ioannis Stefanidis,

    1. School of Health Science, Department of Medicine, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece
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  • Christina Karatzaferi,

    1. Department of PE and Sport Science, University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece
    2. Department of Kinesiology, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece
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  • Giorgos K. Sakkas

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Kinesiology, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece
    2. School of Health Science, Department of Medicine, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece
    • Department of PE and Sport Science, University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece
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Address correspondence to: Giorgos K. Sakkas PhD, Department of Kinesiology, Institute of Research and Technology Thessaly, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Karies, Trikala, Thessaly, GR42100, Greece, Tel.: +30-2431-500-911. Fax: +30-2413-501667, or e-mail: gsakkas@med.uth.gr.

Abstract

Depression, a mental disorder with a high personal, societal, and economic impact, affects at least 20–30% of patients receiving hemodialysis therapy. It is associated with a high mortality rate, low adherence to medication, and a low perceived quality of life. Exercise training is a promising nonpharmacological intervention that can be safely applied to these patients. Beyond the well-publicized physiological benefits of exercise training, a number of studies have focused on the effects of exercise training on mental factors and quality of life parameters including its less appreciated effects on depression symptoms. This evidence-based review article reviews and discusses the effects of exercise training on depression in end-stage renal disease patients.

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