First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Kayla MieczkowskiFollow

Participation Type

Poster

Mentor/s

Professor Peter Ronai

College

College of Health Professions

Location

University Commons

Start Day/Time

4-20-2018 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-20-2018 3:00 PM

Abstract

Chronic stroke patients are individuals who have suffered from stroke but have underwent long term complications that affect their daily life activities including walking. It appears that the use of a progressive resistance-training program can improve walking ability and increase gait speed. The use of lower body gym equipment machines in a progressive resistance-training program can significantly increase gait speed in patients and therefore help them be more active and be able to do things they were unable to participate in before. The main muscles to target to improve gait speed appear to be the hamstrings and quadriceps and this can be done using the leg press, hamstring curl and leg extension machine. Using gym equipment over lower body weight exercises allows for an increase in individual’s one repetition maximum, as needed, which helps to strengthen muscles at a greater rate, which can be a reason why this form of resistance training is more effective at changing walking speeds. Overall, increasing gait speed in chronic stroke patients is important in order to achieve a better quality of life and to be able to participate in the community.

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Exercise Science UG

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What Progressive Resistance Training Exercises are Most Effective at Increasing Gait Speed in Chronic Stroke Patients

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Chronic stroke patients are individuals who have suffered from stroke but have underwent long term complications that affect their daily life activities including walking. It appears that the use of a progressive resistance-training program can improve walking ability and increase gait speed. The use of lower body gym equipment machines in a progressive resistance-training program can significantly increase gait speed in patients and therefore help them be more active and be able to do things they were unable to participate in before. The main muscles to target to improve gait speed appear to be the hamstrings and quadriceps and this can be done using the leg press, hamstring curl and leg extension machine. Using gym equipment over lower body weight exercises allows for an increase in individual’s one repetition maximum, as needed, which helps to strengthen muscles at a greater rate, which can be a reason why this form of resistance training is more effective at changing walking speeds. Overall, increasing gait speed in chronic stroke patients is important in order to achieve a better quality of life and to be able to participate in the community.