Can strength training improve upper-limb function in individuals who have suffered a stroke?
- Harris, J.E., Eng, J.J., 2010. Strength Training Improves Upper-Limb Function in Individuals With Stroke A Meta-Analysis. Stroke 41, 136–140.
- 517 individuals across 13 studies
- The paper is a systematic review / meta analysis of all relevant trials.
- This means that the data from all similar trials has been grouped to form an overall outcome.
- A positive outcome for strength training was found for grip strength and upper-limb function.
- No treatment effect was found for strength training on measures of activities of daily living.
- A significant effect for strength training on upper-limb function was found for studies including subjects with moderate and mild upper-limb motor impairment.
- No trials reported adverse effects.
- Yes (with confidence)
- Upper-limb weakness after stroke is prevalent in acute and chronic stages of recovery, with up to 40% never regaining functional use of upper limb in daily activities.
- In the studies reviewed, there was a lack of description of the progression of the strengthening program (eg, intensity, duration) as recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine