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Effect of robotic gait training on cardiorespiratory system in incomplete spinal cord injury

Femke Hoekstra, MSc, et al.

Robot-assisted gait training is a unique exercise modality for people with incomplete spinal cord injury (iSCI) because the large muscles of the legs are activated while the contribution of the arms is limited. The results of this study showed that in spite of the low exercise intensity of the training program, a period of robot-assisted gait training induced some improvement in cardiorespiratory fitness in iSCI. Therefore, robot-assisted gait training can be used as an additional form of exercise in people with iSCI because of potential health benefits associated with this unique exercise modality.

Volume 50 Number 10, 2013
   Pages 1411 — 1422

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