Stroke is a leading cause of disability in adults and accounts for a large burden of disease. Regular participation in physical activity after stroke can improve functional capacity and vascular risk factors, and reduce the risk of recurrent strokes. Impaired neuromotor control and cardiorespiratory function experienced after stroke provide a unique challenge when prescribing exercise rehabilitation. But stroke survivors are predominantly inactive, and best practice guidelines, including when to begin exercise training after stroke, and what this training should consist of, remain elusive. This presentation will provide an insight into the fitness and physical activity of stroke survivors, highlight the current guidelines and recommendations for exercise after stroke and demonstrate how exercise training can be implemented into stroke recovery.
The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 20 September 2017.
Presented by Dr Liam Johnson PhD, B(Sp.Sci)Hons and Wayne Dite MAppSci(Research), Grad Dip(HM), BAppSci(PE)
Liam Johnson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and Lecturer at Australian Catholic University, in Melbourne, Australia. Liam’s graduate work was centred on exercise prescription for neurological conditions, which he has extended to work with people with stroke. His research is currently focussed on establishing exercise testing and training guidelines for the early phase of stroke recovery, and developing an enriched model of post-stroke rehabilitation. The outcomes of his research will be used to inform the development of novel exercise training interventions to promote optimal functional recovery, reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors, and improve physical fitness and mobility after stroke.
Wayne Dite has worked as an exercise physiologist at Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre since 1985. He is employed by the physiotherapy department to provide a direct service to clients from neurological, musculoskeletal, amputee and general rehabilitation units. Wayne has peer reviewed journal publications in the areas of: effectiveness of group exercise, clinical outcome measures, falls risk, mobility /community ambulation post stroke and exercise dose-response in stroke survivors. Wayne has been able to incorporate his clinical work into research, and use his research findings to evaluate and develop the exercise physiology services at RTRC.
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