Exercise After Stroke Webinar

Although the incidence of stroke is increasing, the mortality rate is decreasing. This means that there are more and more stroke survivors living in the community. There are a wide range of complex long-term physical and psychosocial consequences of stroke that may have an impact upon a person’s ability to engage in physical activity and exercise including movement impairments, balance, cognition, aphasia, pain, sensation, perception, and psychological issues. Despite being a barrier to exercise, these consequences of stroke can often be treated and/or managed with exercise.

This webinar will delve in to the latest evidence on the role of exercise after stroke, including examples of common barriers, benefits, considerations and adaptations.

Presented by Dr Sarah Valkenborghs

Dr Valkenborghs was appointed as an Associate Lecturer at The University of Newcastle in January 2019. Her research and teaching primarily focuses on the impact of exercise on the health and well-being of people living with chronic disease. She has conducted trials investigating the effects of exercise in several clinical conditions including Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Asthma, Cancer, and Type 1 Diabetes.

Her PhD studies focused on the use of exercise during stroke rehabilitation. She has published five peer-reviewed journal articles in the field of stroke rehabilitation, and co-authored a chapter on Physical Activity after Stroke in the Routledge textbook “Clinical Exercise Science”.

As well as investigating at how exercise improves brain activity and recovery after stroke, Dr Valkenborghs is also currently researching changes in brain structure and function that may underpin the benefits of exercise on fatigue in multiple sclerosis patients, as well as cognition, stress and mental health in HSC students.

She was awarded her PhD in Human Physiology by The University of Newcastle in March 2019. She previously completed a Bachelor’s degree (First Class Honours) in Medical Sciences at the University of Glamorgan, United Kingdom in 2012, and worked as a lecturer at the University of South Wales, United Kingdom in 2013.


Friday, 20 November 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm AEDT

Please note, the times listed are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time. 
Your local time will be:

ACT:        12:00pm – 1:30pm 
NSW:   12:00pm – 1:30pm
NT:   10:30am - 12:00pm
QLD:   11:00am – 12:30pm 
SA:   11:30am - 1:00pm
TAS:   12:00pm – 1:30pm
  12:00pm – 1:30pm
WA:   9:00am - 10:30am

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