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Effects of training with a novel mechano-sensory rehabilitation bicycle on functional recovery and spinal plasticity in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury

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dc.contributor.supervisor Glazebrook, Cheryl (Kinesiology & Rec Mgmt) Moussavi, Zahra (Electrical & Computer Engineering) en_US
dc.contributor.author Mortaza, Niyousha
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-02T17:30:06Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-02T17:30:06Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/31629
dc.description.abstract The present study evaluated the effects of training with a mechano-sensory rehabilitation bicycle(MSR) on different aspects of walking, balance and plasticity of the neuronal pathways in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injuries(iSCI). This bicycle stimulates multisensory inputs through mechanical stimulators at the pedals and passive cycling respectively. To assess the effect of training, ten non-injured and five iSCI individuals participated in a single-bout training study while two of the iSCI individuals also participated in an eight-week training study. Primary outcome measures included 10-meter and 6-minute walk tests, Berg Balance Scale and paired H-reflex depression. The results showed trends toward modifications in H-reflex depression in the non-injured group and iSCI participants with spasticity after the single-bout training study. The results of the eight-week training study showed improvement in balance and walking. In conclusion, MSR training may be beneficial as a complementary method to locomotion training or spasticity medications. en_US
dc.subject Spinal cord injury en_US
dc.subject H-reflex en_US
dc.subject MSR training en_US
dc.subject Cycling en_US
dc.subject Mechanical stimulation en_US
dc.subject Berg balance scale en_US
dc.title Effects of training with a novel mechano-sensory rehabilitation bicycle on functional recovery and spinal plasticity in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury en_US
dc.degree.discipline Biomedical Engineering en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Passmore, Steven (College of Rehabilitation Sciences) Gardiner, Phillip (Kinesiology & Rec Mgmt) MacNeil, Brian (College of Rehabilitation Sciences) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Science (M.Sc.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2016 en_US


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