A randomized trial investigating the influence of strength training on quality of life in ischemic stroke

Felipe José Aidar, Ricardo Jacó de Oliveira, Dihogo Gama de Matos, Mauro Lucio Mazini Filho, Osvaldo Costa Moreira, Cláudia Eliza Patrocínio de Oliveira, Robert C. Hickner, Victor Machado Reis

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Background: Strength training post stroke is widely acknowledged as an important part of a rehabilitation program. Muscle strength has been shown to be a significant contributor to physical disability after stroke, which in turn has an immense impact on the reintegration of patients into society, affecting their quality of life. Objective: This was a randomized intervention trial to determine the effect of a resistance training program on the quality of life in patients with stroke. Methods: An experimental group (EG), consisting of 11 subjects aged 51.7 ± 8.0 years, and a control group (CG), consisting of 13 subjects aged 52.5 ± 7.7 years, were studied before and after 12 weeks. EG underwent 12 weeks of strength training three times a week. The CG did not undergo strength training during the 12-week study period. Results: There was a significant increase in quality of life from pre-test to post-test (δ% = 21.47%; p = 0.021) in EG. There were significant differences in all indicators of quality of life between groups at 12 weeks. There were greater gains in strength in EG than in CG (p = 0.05). There was a negative correlation between the strength gains as determined with the 1RM test and the quality of life, especially in lower limb exercises. Conclusion: The results of this study indicate that there was an improvement in the measures of strength in EG, and that there was a correlation between improvements in strength and quality of life in these patients who had previously suffered a stroke at least one year prior to study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-89
Number of pages6
JournalTopics in Stroke Rehabilitation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes


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