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JFSF Vol 7, No 3, September 2022, p.175-182

doi: 10.22540/JFSF-07-175


Research Protocol

Effectiveness of multimodal circuit exercises for chronic musculoskeletal pain in older adults: A randomized controlled trial protocol

Daniele B.G. Ribeiro1,2, Paulo R.V. Gentil3, Renan A. Resende4, Rodrigo L. Carregaro5, Sérgio T.D. Fonseca4, Wagner R. Martins5

  1. Curso de Educação Física, Universidade Federal do Tocantins, Miracema - TO, Brasil
  2. Faculdade de Educação Física, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília - DF, Brasil
  3. Faculdade de Educação Física e Dança da Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, Brasil
  4. Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Departamento de Fisioterapia, Brasil
  5. Universidade de Brasília (UnB), Campus UnB Ceilândia, Brasil

Keywords: Aged, Exercise, Musculoskeletal Pain, Chronic Pain


Studies have shown that musculoskeletal pain is one of the most prevalent health conditions that affects many individuals worldwide. In older adults, persistent pain is a widely prevalent and a disabling condition of multiple contributing factors: physical, mental, and social. Consequently, their quality of life is hampered. We aimed to analyze the effectiveness of a multimodal circuit exercise program on chronic musculoskeletal pain and disabling in older adults. This is a randomized parallel study (two arms) with blinded outcome assessments. The participants’ recruitment will be done by a non-probabilistic sampling resulting from invitations to Basic Health Units (BHU). The sample size estimation indicated 164 participants. Participants will be allocated, by means of a randomization process, to one of two groups (82 for each group): Experimental Group (multimodal circuit exercise) or Control Group (cycle of multidisciplinary lectures on pain and stretching exercise). All analyses will be processed using the RStudio software, with significance when a p-value of 2 tails is less than 5% (p<0.05). Statistical analysis will follow the intention to treat.
Trial registration: NCT04719130, January 20, 2021.
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