Journal article

Obstacle crossing performance does not differ between the first and subsequent attempts in people with stroke

Catherine M Said, Mary Galea, Noel Lythgo



This study investigated whether obstacle crossing performance differs between the first and subsequent attempts in people recovering from stroke. Thirty two people with stroke performed eight trials stepping over a 4 cm high obstacle. Spatiotemporal measures of gait were captured by a Vicon 3D motion analysis system. Data collected only from those subjects who completed three trials leading with the affected limb or three trials leading with the unaffected limb were analysed. These criteria resulted in data from only 22 subjects being used in the analysis. Repeated measures MANOVA analyses showed no differences in the spatiotemporal data between the first, second or third trials when leading..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Dr Said was supported by NHMRC Health Professional Training Fellowship grant no. 310612, and is currently supported by NHMRC project grant 385002. Financial support for the first data collection period was provided by the Victorian Branch Australian Physiotherapy Association, the School of Physiotherapy, La Trobe University and La Trobe University Faculty of Health Sciences. The first data collection period was conducted as partial fulfilment of Dr Said's doctoral studies, and was supervised by Dr Patricia Goldie and Professor Aftab Patla. The authors gratefully acknowledge the therapists who assisted in subject recruitment and the people who volunteered to participate in the study.