Task-related circuit training improves performance of locomotor tasks in chronic stroke: a randomized, controlled pilot trial

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2000 Apr;81(4):409-17. doi: 10.1053/mr.2000.3839.


Objective: To evaluate the immediate and retention effects of a 4-week training program on the performance of locomotor-related tasks in chronic stroke.

Design: Randomized, controlled pilot study with 2-month follow-up.

Setting: Rehabilitation center.

Subjects: A convenience sample consisting of 12 chronic stroke subjects was used. Subjects were randomly assigned to the experimental or the control group. Three subjects withdrew from the study.

Intervention: Both experimental and control groups participated in exercise classes three times a week for 4 weeks. The exercise class for the experimental group focused on strengthening the affected lower limb and practicing functional tasks involving the lower limbs, while the control group practiced upper-limb tasks.

Main outcome measures: Lower-limb function was evaluated by measuring walking speed and endurance, peak vertical ground reaction force through the affected foot during sit-to-stand, and the step test.

Results: The experimental group demonstrated significant immediate and retained (2-month follow-up) improvement (p < or = .05) compared with the control group in walking speed and endurance, force production through the affected leg during sit-to-stand, and the number of repetitions of the step test.

Conclusion: The pilot study provides evidence for the efficacy of a task-related circuit class at improving locomotor function in chronic stroke.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease
  • Exercise Therapy*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Locomotion*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Skills*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Stroke Rehabilitation*
  • Task Performance and Analysis*