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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2000 Apr;81(4):409-17.

Task-related circuit training improves performance of locomotor tasks in chronic stroke: a randomized, controlled pilot trial.

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  • 1Groupe de recherche en réadaptation physique de l'Université Laval, Institut de réadaptation en déficience physique de Québec, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the immediate and retention effects of a 4-week training program on the performance of locomotor-related tasks in chronic stroke.

DESIGN:

Randomized, controlled pilot study with 2-month follow-up.

SETTING:

Rehabilitation center.

SUBJECTS:

A convenience sample consisting of 12 chronic stroke subjects was used. Subjects were randomly assigned to the experimental or the control group. Three subjects withdrew from the study.

INTERVENTION:

Both experimental and control groups participated in exercise classes three times a week for 4 weeks. The exercise class for the experimental group focused on strengthening the affected lower limb and practicing functional tasks involving the lower limbs, while the control group practiced upper-limb tasks.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Lower-limb function was evaluated by measuring walking speed and endurance, peak vertical ground reaction force through the affected foot during sit-to-stand, and the step test.

RESULTS:

The experimental group demonstrated significant immediate and retained (2-month follow-up) improvement (p < or = .05) compared with the control group in walking speed and endurance, force production through the affected leg during sit-to-stand, and the number of repetitions of the step test.

CONCLUSION:

The pilot study provides evidence for the efficacy of a task-related circuit class at improving locomotor function in chronic stroke.

PMID:
10768528
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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