Power assisted exercise for people with complex neurological impairment : a feasibility study

YOUNG, Rachel, RICHARDS, Emma, DARJI, Neha, VELPULA, Suchitra, SMITH, Christine, BROOM, David and GODDARD, Sara (2018). Power assisted exercise for people with complex neurological impairment : a feasibility study. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 25 (6), 262-271.

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Background/Aims: Participation in physical activity and exercise presents a challenge for adults with complex neurological impairment. Power assisted exercise facilitates combined limb and trunk movement and may be a feasible exercise option for people with movement impairment. The aim of this study was to determine whether power assisted exercise is a feasible activity option for people with complex neurological impairment. Methods: Seven adults with complex neurological impairment were recruited to take part in a four week programme of twice weekly power assisted exercise. Programme attendance and completion was recorded and adverse events or effects documented. Mobility was monitored using the Timed Up and Go test (TUG). Upon completion of the programme, participants were interviewed regarding their experience of using the equipment. Findings: All seven participants completed the programme and the overall attendance was 96%. No adverse events occurred; two participants reported minor adverse effects which were temporary. The TUG scores improved and participants enjoyed the programme, reporting perceived benefits in physical function and wellbeing. Conclusions: The findings of this study demonstrate that people with complex neurological impairment can participate in a programme of power assisted exercise. Reported improvements in physical mobility suggest that further research in this area is indicated. Key words: Power Assisted Exercise, Neurology, Feasibility, Mobility

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
Departments: Health and Well-being > Department of Sport
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.12968/ijtr.2018.25.6.262
Depositing User: Amanda Keeling
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2018 09:48
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2019 08:00
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18246

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