Paraplegia

Effects of circuit resistance training on fitness attributes and upper-extremity pain in middle-aged men with paraplegia.

OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of circuit resistance exercise (CRT) training on muscle strength, endurance, anaerobic power, and shoulder pain in middle-aged men with paraplegia. DESIGN: Repeated testing. SETTING: Academic medical center. PARTICIPANTS: Seven men (age range, 39-58y) with motor-complete paraplegia from T5 to T12 and confirmed shoulder pain occurring during daily activities. INTERVENTIONS: Not […]

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Relation between muscular strength and cardiorespiratory fitness in people with thoracic-level paraplegia.

OBJECTIVES: To determine the relation between muscular strength, aerobic power (V O2 peak), submaximal blood lactate accumulation, and endurance performance in people with thoracic-level paraplegia. DESIGN: Participants performed tests of isokinetic strength, a graded exercise test, and 2 endurance performance tests. A Latin square counterbalanced design was used to determine the order of testing. SETTING: […]

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Dietary intake and nutritional status of urban community-dwelling men with paraplegia.

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate nutritional status, dietary intake, nutrition knowledge, and depression of healthy urban men with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) and to compare these findings with national guidelines and data. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: Urban university. PARTICIPANTS: Ninety-five community-dwelling men with paraplegia (age range, 20-59 y). INTERVENTIONS: Not applicable. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Dietary intake, body […]

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Upper limb pain in a national sample of veterans with paraplegia.

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this survey study was to examine the prevalence and intensity of pain and associated patient characteristics in a national sample of veterans with paraplegia. Of particular interest were upper limb (UL) pain conditions, which pose unique challenges to individuals who use a wheelchair for mobility. Because the risk for […]

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Energy expenditure during walking with weight-bearing control (WBC) orthosis in thoracic level of paraplegic patients.

Design: Comparative study of the effectiveness of walking exercise with a newly developed gait orthosis, the weight-bearing control (WBC) orthosis, for thoracic level of paraplegic patients. Objective: To test its feasibility as a rehabilitation alternative for paraplegic patients, the energy consumption and cost during walking with WBC were calculated and compared with the values of […]

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