Journal article

Potential contributing factors to upper limb associated reactions in people with acquired brain injury: an exploratory study

Michelle B Kahn, Ross A Clark, Benjamin F Mentiplay, Kelly J Bower, John Olver, Gavin Williams

DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

PURPOSE: To determine which potential contributing factors are associated with upper limb associated reaction (AR) expression in individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI). METHODS: Forty-two participants underwent three-dimensional motion analysis at self-selected walking speed to generate the AR outcome measure, quantifying their upper limb kinematic deviation compared to healthy controls. Clinical assessment included: upper and lower limb hypertonicity, spasticity and strength, balance, dynamic walking stability, arm and leg function, anxiety, arm pain/discomfort, and fear of falling. RESULTS: Significant, moderate-to-strong correlations (r = 0.42-0.74, p < 0.05) existed between upper l..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a part-time Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. This funder played no role in the design, conduct, or reporting of this study.