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Influence of partial body weight support on the locomotor adaptability of hemiparetic individuals due to stroke

Grant number: 16/08883-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2016
Effective date (End): December 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physical Education
Principal researcher:Ana Maria Forti Barela
Grantee:Douglas Vicente Russo Junior
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde. Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul (UNICSUL). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


In order to understand locomotor adaptation and its usefulness to gait rehabilitation, the effects observed during walking with partial body weight support (PBWS) and the locomotor adaptation to overground walking, which is the surface we walk on daily basis, will be investigate in this research project. The target population will be individuals with hemiparesis due to stroke that usually participate on gait training with PBWS. They will be allocated randomically to a specific training group that will receive a single 15 minutes session of gait training with PBWS over the ground (OGG) or on a treadmill (TMG), and each participant will be evaluated before the training session ("free walking"), during the first 5 minutes of gait training with PBWS, during the last 5 minutes of gait training with PBWS and after the training session ("free walking"). A sensor (Gait Up) will be placed on each participants' foot and will register spatial-temporal parameters. Variability, symmetry ratio, transference index measurements and gait spatial-temporal parameters will be calculated for all evaluations.

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Scientific publications (4)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
CELESTINO, MELISSA L.; VAN EMMERIK, RICHARD; BARELA, JOSE A.; BACCA, ODAIR; BARELA, ANA M. F.. Effects of limited knee flexion movement in intra-limb gait coordination. JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, v. 128, . (16/08883-7, 15/13100-9, 18/04964-8)
BARELA, ANA; CELESTINO, MELISSA; GAMA, GABRIELA; RUSSO-JUNIOR, DOUGLAS; SANTANA, DINAH; BARELA, JOSE. Gait alterations induced by unloaded body weight in individuals with stroke while walking on moveable and fixed surfaces. MEDICAL ENGINEERING & PHYSICS, v. 95, p. 9-14, . (16/08883-7, 15/25376-9)
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)
BARELA, ANA MARIA F.; GAMA, GABRIELA L.; RUSSO-JUNIOR, V, DOUGLAS; CELESTINO, MELISSA L.; BARELA, JOSE A.. Gait alterations during walking with partial body weight supported on a treadmill and over the ground. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 9, . (13/02322-5, 16/08883-7, 10/15218-3, 15/25376-9)

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