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Treadmill training after spinal cord injury: It's not just about the walking

Audrey L. Hicks, PhD; Kathleen A. Martin Ginis, PhD

Body weight-supported treadmill training (BWSTT) is being used throughout the world as a method to improve functional ambulation after spinal cord injury. This therapy allows individuals with varying degrees of paralysis to participate in whole-body, weight-bearing exercise. We contend that this therapy should not be evaluated only for its potential to improve ambulation since it can also improve a variety of health-related outcomes. People with either acute or chronic injuries show benefits related to cardiovascular function, muscle morphology, glucose metabolism, and psychological well-being after participation in BWSTT, regardless of whether ambulatory ability is improved.

Volume 45 Number 2, 2008
Pages 241 — 248

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