Can Arm and Leg Cycling Exercise Improve Walking After Stroke
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02316405|
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified December 2014 by Dr. E. Paul Zehr, University of Victoria.
Recruitment status was: Recruiting
First Posted : December 12, 2014
Last Update Posted : December 12, 2014
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Cerebrovascular Accident||Other: Arm and Leg Cycling Exercise for Walking after Stroke||Not Applicable|
It has been found that arm and leg cycling is similar to walking in terms of the muscle activation patterns, joint ranges of motion, and neural pathways activated. Another advantage of arm and leg cycling is that it involves coordination of all four limbs in a rhythmic movement. This may be particularly beneficial given previous findings that arm movement contributes to the activation of leg muscles during walking in humans. This is achieved with interconnected neural pathways that link the arms to the legs. These neural interlimb connections remain intact in stroke victims, such that maximizing the contribution of the arms to the legs may increase coordination for walking.
Thus, the objective of this research is to determine if arm and leg cycling can be used to increase the strength of inter-limb connections and if this helps to improve walking ability in a post-stroke population. 15-20 participants will be recruited to participate in a five week training intervention where measures will be taken before and after the intervention to assess efficacy. Arm and leg cycling could provide a novel method to improve inter-limb coupling and walking ability. These outcomes would directly impact the health and quality of life for those who have suffered a stroke.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||20 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Can Arm and Leg Cycling Exercise Improve Walking After Stroke?|
|Study Start Date :||July 2011|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||December 2014|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||December 2015|
Experimental: Test Group
5 weeks of arm and leg cycling, 3 times per week for 30 minute of total exercise per session
Other: Arm and Leg Cycling Exercise for Walking after Stroke
- Walking Ability [ Time Frame: Within five days ]Treadmill test of walking coordination, speed, and symmetry. Interlimb coordination assessed with peripheral nerve stimulation during arm and leg cycling and walking. Strength of dorsi-flexion and plantar-flexion and grip strength also assessed.
- Clinical Status assessed by a Physiotherapist [ Time Frame: Within 5 days ]Clinical assessment of skin sensitivity, spasticity, balance and coordination, and walking endurance.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02316405
|Contact: E P Zehr, Doctorate||(250) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Canada, British Columbia|
|Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|Contact: Taryn Klarner, Masters (250) 472-5487 email@example.com|
|Sub-Investigator: Taryn Klarner, Masters|
|Principal Investigator:||E P Zehr, Doctorate||University of Victoria|