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Effect of treadmill exercise training on spatial and temporal gait parameters in subjects with chronic stroke: A preliminary report

Shawnna L. Patterson, MD, PhD, et al.

People with stroke walk slowly and irregularly. We studied the walking patterns of subjects with stroke who exercised on a treadmill. After 6 months, these subjects increased their cardiovascular fitness, changed their walking patterns, and walked faster on and off the treadmill whether using their assistive device or not. Both feet took longer steps and spent less time on the ground at the same time. Treadmill training helped the subjects with stroke improve their fitness and walk faster, although they still walked with an irregular gait pattern. A different strategy may be necessary to further improve their walking patterns.

Volume 45 Number 2, 2008
   Pages 221 — 228

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