Term of Award

Fall 2013

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)


Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Kristina Kendall

Committee Member 1

Brandonn Harris

Committee Member 2

Jim McMillan

Committee Member 3

Jason Crandall

Committee Member 3 Email



Breast survivors often experience lower bone mineral density following treatment, and may be at a higher risk for osteoporosis and consequent falls and injuries. This study aimed to build on previous research using lower impact exercise programs by using an anti-gravity (Alter-G®) treadmill to administer cardiovascular training. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness a physical activity program, including an anti-gravity (Alter-G) treadmill at improving physiological and psychosocial measures in female breast cancer survivors. METHODS: Five female breast cancer survivors were recruited to participate in the study. A 14-week intervention using an AB-AB study design was employed. Participants attended three 60-minute sessions per week, consisting of a combination of muscular strength/endurance, and cardiovascular endurance exercises. Consistent with current literature and guidelines, exercise interventions were individualized and tailored to suit individuals. RESULTS: Statistical analysis yielded no significant (P>0.0036) difference in measures of cardiovascular endurance, body composition, and quality of life between pre/post measurements. However, visual analysis of results found improvements in cardiovascular endurance and measures of body composition. Quality of life was maintained throughout the study. Finally, no adverse effects were reported from the participants. CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study suggest that the use of an anti-gravity treadmill in combination with a physical activity program may be a safe, alternative means of improving cardiovascular endurance. Finally, an individualized physical activity program in combination with an anti-gravity treadmill may provide practical and meaningful improvements in measures of cardiovascular endurance and body composition.