The effect of 6 weeks of hydrotherapy on cognitive flexibility and quality of life of women improved breast cancer

Document Type : Original Article


1 Associate Professor of exercise Physiology, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran

2 assistant

3 phd


Background and Objective: Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women. Cancer can predispose people to mental health problems and reduce their quality of life. The aim of this study was to investigate the The effect of 6 weeks of hydrotherapy on cognitive flexibility and quality of life of women surviving breast cancer.
Subjects and Methods: This study was a quasi-experimental study with pretest-posttest design with control group. The statistical population of this study were women who survived from breast cancer, 40 individuals were selected by simple random sampling and divided into two groups (each group: 20 people). Experimental group performed water training for 12 weeks, 3 sessions per week and 60 minutes per session and control group did not receive any intervention. The WHO Quality of Life Questionnaire (1996) and Cognitive Flexibility were used for data collection. Descriptive statistics and covariance analysis were used to analyze the results.
Results: The results showed that performing different exercises in water significantly increased the quality of life and cognitive flexibility in the experimental group compared to the control group (p <0.05).
Conclusion: The results showed that water training effectively improves quality of life and high cognitive flexibility in women who survives from breast cancer. Therefore, it is recommended that this approach can be used to improve the quality of life and increase the cognitive flexibility in women who survives from breast cancer.


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