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Alterations in body composition and spasticity following subtetanic neuromuscular electrical stimulation training in spinal cord injury

Amanda Carty, BSc, MSc, PhD, et al.

Figure 2. Typical setup for neuromuscular electrical stimulation training session. Reprinted with permission from McCormack K, Carty A. The effects of a neuromuscular electrical stimulation training intervention on physiological measures in a spinal cord injured male: a case study. Physiother Ireland. 2011;31(2):30–35; and Carty A, McCormack K, Coughlan GF, Crowe L, Caulfield B. Increased aerobic fitness after neuromuscular electrical stimulation training in adults with spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012;93(5):790–95.

This study explored the effects of training with a new method of delivering electrical muscle stimulation. Fourteen volunteers with spinal cord injury took part. Participants trained 5 days a week for 8 weeks. Before and after testing, participants underwent dual energy X-ray absorptiometry to measure the amount of lean muscle and fat tissue in the legs. Spasticity testing was also performed. Following training, participants had increased volume of muscle tissue and less local body fat in the legs. Spasticity was lower on testing and on verbal reports but not on analysis of visual analog scales.

Volume 50 Number 2, 2013
   Pages 193 — 202


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Carty A, McCormack K, Coughlan GF, Crowe L, Caulfield B. Alterations in body composition and spasticity following subtetanic neuromuscular electrical stimulation training in spinal cord injury. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(2):193–202.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.11.0220
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