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The effect of treadmill training on gait, balance and trunk control in a hemiplegic subject: a single system design

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Lynn Rochester


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Purpose: The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of a period of body weight supported treadmill training on gait in a subject with chronic stroke and to see if there was a carry-over to balance, trunk control and function. Method: A male subject who had suffered a right CVA 30 months previously was selected for the study. A single system ABA design was used. Outcome measures were taken in the 4-week baseline period. This was followed by a 4-week period of body weight support treadmill training and a further 4 weeks of treatment withdrawal. Outcome measures used were the 10-m walk test, Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Trunk Control Test (TCT), a seated lateral reach test (LRT) and the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) and were collected in all phases of the study. Results: During the intervention phase, there were significant increases in the BBS and the LRT. No significant changes were found in the TCT or the 10-m walk test. The FIM showed a small improvement in the motor score. Conclusions: A period of treadmill training has significant carry-over to balance in a subject with chronic hemiplegia.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mudge S, Rochester L, Recordon A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Disability and Rehabilitation

Year: 2003

Volume: 25

Issue: 17

Pages: 1000-1007

ISSN (print): 0963-8288

ISSN (electronic): 1464-5165

Publisher: Informa Healthcare


DOI: 10.1080/0963828031000122320


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