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Locomotor adaptation of individuals with hemiparesis due to stroke: influence of partial body weight support

Grant number: 15/25376-9
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2016 - February 28, 2018
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal Investigator:Ana Maria Forti Barela
Grantee:Ana Maria Forti Barela
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde. Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul (UNICSUL). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


In order to understand locomotor adaptation and its usefulness to gait rehabilitation, the effects observed during walking with partial body weight support (PBWS) and the locomotor adaptation to overground walking, which is the surface we walk on daily basis, will be investigate in this research project. The target population will be individuals with hemiparesis due to stroke that usually participate on gait training with PBWS. At first, those individuals will be evaluated walking at self-selected comfortable speed on a walkway and with PBWS over the ground and on treadmill. Later, they will be allocated randomically to a specific training group that will receive a single 15 minutes session of gait training with PBWS over the ground (OGG) or on a treadmill (TMG), and each subject will be evaluated before the training session ("free walking"), during the first 5 minutes of gait training with PBWS, during the last 5 minutes of gait training with PBWS and after the training session ("free walking"). Variability, symmetry ratios, transference index measurements and gait spatial-temporal parameters will be calculated for all evaluations. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
BARELA, ANA; CELESTINO, MELISSA; GAMA, GABRIELA; RUSSO-JUNIOR, DOUGLAS; SANTANA, DINAH; BARELA, JOSE. Gait alterations induced by unloaded body weight in individuals with stroke while walking on moveable and fixed surfaces. MEDICAL ENGINEERING & PHYSICS, v. 95, p. 9-14, . (16/08883-7, 15/25376-9)
BARELA, ANA MARIA F.; GAMA, GABRIELA L.; RUSSO-JUNIOR, V, DOUGLAS; CELESTINO, MELISSA L.; BARELA, JOSE A.. Gait alterations during walking with partial body weight supported on a treadmill and over the ground. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 9, . (13/02322-5, 16/08883-7, 10/15218-3, 15/25376-9)

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