A critical appraisal of "Can resistance training impact MRI outcomes in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis"

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After seeing a patient get improve her multiple sclerosis symptoms, I researched the effects of exercise on managing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Using Pubmed, the article "Can resistance training impact MRI outcomes in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis"� was selected to answer that question. The cross-over study looks at the effects of progressive resistance training on cortical thickness in the brain, muscle strength, functional capacity and their disability status. The authors do well at describing their methods, discussing their findings and using sources from credible journals. The article answers my research question and makes a good argument for using progressive resistance training in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. The data presented in the tables can be hard to interpret. Overall, this article seems to be reliable and based off a well thought out study design. The intervention seems effective and good to include in clinical practice.

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