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The research proposed here will determine the effect of a novel treadmill gait training strategy using a robotic gait trainer (the Lokomat) on functional ambulation in people with SCI. The effect of the new therapy will be evaluated by analyzing changes in functional ambulation and gait patterns during walking.
Community-dwelling individuals with motor-incomplete spinal cord injury will be recruited. In total, 20 participants will be recruited and randomly assigned to one of 2 types of body-weight supported treadmill training (BWSTT) with the Lokomat, which differ only in the level of assistance that the Lokomat provides to the leg movements while walking. Therapy for both groups will take place 3 times/week for 12 weeks. During each session, participants will first complete a 10-minute warm-up period followed by 45 minutes of the assigned therapy. Rest breaks will be provided as needed, but participants should complete 45 minutes of walking per session.
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Caregiver), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Motor-incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
Body-weight supported treadmill training, Body-weight supported treadmill training
Human Locomotion Lab, University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-10-07T17:53:23-0400
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Sustaining BODY WEIGHT after BODY WEIGHT CHANGES have been achieved.
Expected weight of a healthy normal individual based on age, sex, and height. Thus, a malnourished person would weigh less than their ideal body weight.
An indicator of body density as determined by the relationship of BODY WEIGHT to BODY HEIGHT. BMI=weight (kg)/height squared (m2). BMI correlates with body fat (ADIPOSE TISSUE). Their relationship varies with age and gender. For adults, BMI falls into these categories: below 18.5 (underweight); 18.5-24.9 (normal); 25.0-29.9 (overweight); 30.0 and above (obese). (National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
A status with BODY WEIGHT that is above certain standard of acceptable or desirable weight. In the scale of BODY MASS INDEX, overweight is defined as having a BMI of 25.0-29.9 kg/m2. Overweight may or may not be due to increases in body fat (ADIPOSE TISSUE), hence overweight does not equal "over fat".
Increase in BODY WEIGHT over existing weight.
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