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