Modulation of cardiac autonomic control by resistance training in human participants
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We thank Lopes et al.  for showing interest in our recent systematic review and meta-analysis , which intended to investigate the effect of resistance training (RT) on cardiac autonomic control of healthy and diseased individuals. While we appreciate their meticulous scrutiny of our review, the issues raised by them need to be examined with a different perspective to understand our findings in a more holistic way.
The first point raised by Lopes et al.  about the use of uncontrolled studies in our review seems to be a misinterpretation. We did not include any such designs in our review. The review was actually conducted on randomized controlled trials (RCTs), non-randomized controlled trials, and cross-over controlled trials, and the details of those trials are provided in Table 1 of our paper . We admit that studies with different designs were included in the meta-analysis. However, the majority of those studies consisted of randomized and controlled designs...
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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
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