Fitness to Aid the Brain and Cognitive Skills

Titre officiel

Development of a Web-based Exercise Training Program for Brain Repair and Cognitive Recovery for Paediatric Brain Tumour Survivors in the Community: a Feasibility Study

Sommaire:

The study will assess the feasibility of a pilot clinical trial of community-led aerobic exercise training for paediatric brain tumour survivors (PBTS) and the feasibility of a web-based platform to deliver this exercise training. It is hypothesized that 12 weeks of community-led exercise training will be feasible for PBTS and the web-based platform will be feasible to deliver exercise training by community-based instructors.

Description de l'essai

Primary Outcome:

  • Feasibility of the exercise program: The probability that 30 eligible patients will be recruited
  • Feasibility of the exercise program: The probability that a recruited participant will attend ≥60% of exercise training sessions
  • Feasibility of the exercise program: The probability that a recruited participant will complete all study procedures
  • Feasibility of the exercise program: The probability that instructors will adhere to the web-based platform to deliver exercise training
  • Feasibility of the web-based platform: The probability that instructors will rate the platform as acceptable
  • Feasibility of the web-based platform: The probability that instructors will rate the platform as relevant
  • Feasibility of the web-based platform: The probability that instructors will rate the platform as efficient

PBTS will complete 12 consecutive weeks of exercise training. Exercise training will involve 90-minute group sessions of aerobic activity 3 times/week with a 30-minute snack/reward time. The investigators anticipate participants will complete the exercise training program in cohorts, each comprised of a minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 participants. With a minimum of 4 participants per cohort, in order for us to achieve the investigators' goal of recruiting 30 participants, the investigators anticipate running approximately 7 cohorts. Participants will be assigned to a cohort based on proximity to session location and availability to attend sessions.

Site Description:

This is a single-site trial, as participants will be recruited from SickKids. Community-led exercise training will be delivered at various locations across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Exercise training sessions will be conducted in partnership with Wellspring, a network of community support services across the GTHA for individuals diagnosed and treated for cancer. The investigators have developed a web-based platform for Fitness Trainers/Therapists (FTTs) to i) educate them on working with PBTS, ii) build exercise session plans, and iii) provide feedback on sessions and overall web-based platform functionality and usability. The web-based platform will allow the administration of community-led exercise training in any location. To test the feasibility of the web-based platform, the investigators will be administering exercise training in approximately 5 locations associated with Wellspring centres (and/or surrounding gymnasiums or outdoor space) and Wellspring FTTs.

Study Intervention Description:

Exercise training will consist of group sessions of aerobic exercise. Each session will include five (5) components:

  • Warm-up activities
  • Aerobic training activities
  • Group sports/games
  • Cool-down activities
  • Snack/reward time The goal of the intervention is to increase and maintain participants' heart rate for at least 30 minutes per session at a minimum of 80% of participants' peak heart rate achieved during a baseline fitness assessment. Increased heart rate will mainly take place during the aerobic circuit training and group sport/game components of each session. Heart rate will be measured using heart rate monitors.

Description of study population:

  • Sample size: n = 30
  • Age: 6-17 years
  • Sex: males and females
  • General health: Patients who have completed treatment for hemispheric or posterior fossa tumours and do not have severe neurological/motor dysfunction that would preclude safe participation in an exercise program
  • Geographic location: Canada

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