Gait initiation is dependent on the function of the paretic trailing limb in individuals with stroke

Tokuno, Craig D. and Eng, Janice J. (2006) Gait initiation is dependent on the function of the paretic trailing limb in individuals with stroke. Gait and Posture, 24 3: 424-428. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2005.09.012


Author Tokuno, Craig D.
Eng, Janice J.
Title Gait initiation is dependent on the function of the paretic trailing limb in individuals with stroke
Journal name Gait and Posture   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-6362
1879-2219
Publication date 2006-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2005.09.012
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 24
Issue 3
Start page 424
End page 428
Total pages 5
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
1109 Neurosciences
Abstract The purposes of this study were to compare the gait initiation task between individuals with chronic stroke and age-matched healthy controls, to determine whether the observed differences between groups could be attributed to the presence of a stroke or to differences in gait initiation speed, and to establish the gait initiation variables that relate with a faster gait initiation speed. All subjects initiated gait at their preferred speed, while control subjects were also asked to initiate gait at a speed that was comparable to the stroke group. It was found that while many temporal and kinetic differences were observed between the two groups, most were simply due to differences in gait initiation speed. Two variables that remained different when speed was controlled were the magnitude of the antero-posterior impulse generated by the paretic limb when it was used as either the leading or trailing limb. Kinetic parameters of the trailing limb (i.e. peak antero-posterior force and impulse) were also found to correlate with the gait initiation speed for the non-paretic lead limb condition. The results suggest that the propulsive function of the paretic limb when used as the trailing limb is a key area to address in the rehabilitation of gait initiation for individuals with stroke.
Keyword Cerebrovascular accident
Gait speed
Kinetics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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