Date of Award

Winter 4-13-2020

Thesis Access

Open Access Honors Thesis

Degree Name



Kinesiology and Pedagogy

Faculty Advisor

Tamara Hew-Butler, DPM, PhD


While commonly known to be the organ that helps with urine production within the human body, the kidney plays one of the most crucial roles in maintaining homeostasis. When establishing all of the roles the kidney has on keeping humans healthy, there is the question of how does the body cope when a patient is diagnosed with kidney failure. One of the more common treatment options that allows the body to continue to function without a kidney is by beginning a patient on a form of dialysis. However, as with any treatment, there will always be a list of side effects. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and dialysis patients usually manifest with acidosis, hyperkalemia, and hyperphosphatemia. With physical activity commonly associated with providing beneficial effects to the overall body, the investigation of whether it can benefit the kidneys and homeostasis regulation within this population continues to have questions left unanswered. This paper will review the overall benefit exercise has on the body. It will then dive into literature determining the impact of how different types of exercises impact the kidney and probe how such effects compare to those near or already on dialysis. The paper concludes by bringing together the information and touch upon the importance of diet regulation for kidney failure patients along with how it can significantly play a role in the treatment. This paper allows us to highlight the fine balance needed to implement exercise in order to ensure the benefits outweigh the risks in this specific population.