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Walking training with partial body weight support on static and dynamic surfaces in individuals with hemiparesis due to stroke

Grant number: 13/01050-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2013
Effective date (End): February 28, 2017
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal Investigator:Ana Maria Forti Barela
Grantee:Gabriela Lopes Gama
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde. Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul (UNICSUL). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Partial body weight support (PBWS) systems have become popular in walking rehabilitation programs of individuals who suffered stroke. However, these systems are more commonly used in combination with treadmills. The goal of this research project is to investigate the effects of walking training with PBWS on two types of walking surface: treadmill and overground in individuals who had suffered stroke. In this way, three training protocols will be employed in three experimental groupsG1 will practice walking with PBWS on treadmill; G2 will practice walking with PBWS overground; G3 will practice walking on both treadmill and overground. All individuals will be evaluated before, right after and one month after the training sessions ended using clinical protocols and kinematic and kinetic analysis. Clinical protocols will include functional independence, lower limbs motor function and balance of these individuals, and walking kinematic and kinetic analysis will include space-temporal, joint and segmental angles measurements, and ground reaction forces, respectively. All individuals will be evaluated walking on a walkway with two force plates fluxed in the central area, with reflective markers on their body segments. The three experimental groups will be submitted to three training sessions per week of approximately 45 minutes each, during six weeks, totalizing 18 training sessions.

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CELESTINO, MELISSA L.; VAN EMMERIK, RICHARD; BARELA, JOSE A.; GAMA, GABRIELA L.; BARELA, ANA M. F.. Intralimb gait coordination of individuals with stroke using vector coding. HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE, v. 68, . (13/02322-5, 13/01050-1, 15/13100-9, 16/08883-7)
GAMA, GABRIELA L.; CELESTINO, MELISSA L.; BARELA, JOSE A.; BARELA, ANA M. F.. Gait initiation and partial body weight unloading for functional improvement in post-stroke individuals. GAIT & POSTURE, v. 68, p. 305-310, . (13/01050-1, 09/15003-0, 13/02322-5, 10/15218-3, 15/13100-9)

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