The Effect of an Exercise Program on Physical Function After a Spinal Cord Injury
This study would focus on adding a group exercise program to the usual therapy delivered in the hospital. We propose to design an exercise program that would be 30 minutes in length, 3 times per week. A medical doctor and physiotherapist would oversee the design and monitoring of the program.
We believe that this program will: 1) Increase the potential for better health, thus improving independence and quality of life; 2) Help people make the move from therapist run exercise to self management of exercise; 3) Engage the patient in the therapy process and place an expectation of active participation on the client; and 4) Promote physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.
|Spinal Cord Injury||Behavioral: Cardiovascular training Behavioral: Balance training|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||The Effects of a Group Exercise Program on Function in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial|
- The primary outcome is physical function. This outcome will be measured before and after the program. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
- Secondary outcomes include sitting balance and blood pressure in response to changes in position. Both these measures will be evaluated before and after the program. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
|Study Start Date:||September 2007|
|Study Completion Date:||May 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||May 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Behavioral: Cardiovascular training
The cardiovascular training group will receive their usual therapy plus 3 days of 30 minutes of exercise per week. This program will last for 6 weeks while the participant is in the hospital. The cardiovascular training program will include pushing and pulling on pulleys, wheeling over mats, punching a boxing bag, and using an arm ergometer. The balance training group will receive their usual therapy plus 3 days of 30 minutes of sitting balance activities. This program will last for 6 weeks while the participant is in the hospital.
Behavioral: Balance training
The balance training group will receive their usual therapy plus 3 days of 30 minutes of sitting balance activities. This program will last for 6 weeks while the participant is in the hospital. The balance training program will include sitting on mats - moving arm support from in front of the body to behind body, moving from sitting to lying and back up, and catching soft foam ball thrown directly to centre of chest and throwing it back.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00535210
|Canada, British Columbia|
|GF Strong Rehab Research Lab|
|Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Principal Investigator:||Janice Eng, Ph.D||University of British Columbia|
|Study Director:||William Miller, Ph.D||University of British Columbia|
|Study Director:||Andrei Krassioukov, Ph.D||University of British Columbia|
|Study Chair:||Chihya Hung||University of British Columbia|
|Study Chair:||Amira Tawashy||University of British Columbia|