Does functional strength training of the leg in subacute stroke improve physical performance? A pilot randomized controlled trial

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of functional strength training in subacute stroke.  Eighteen patients in the subacute phase post stroke, randomly allocated to a functional strength training (intervention) group and a training-as-usual (comparison) group.  The functional strength training group participated in functional progressive strength training of the affected lower extremity. The training-as-usual group had traditional training, excessive muscle power being avoided to prevent associated reactions. All trained 50 minutes five days a week for four weeks.

This pilot study indicates that functional strength training of lower extremities improves physical performance more than traditional training.

Clinical Rehabilitation, 2008, 22(10-11), 911-921

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