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The relationship of rhythm abilities and gait after stroke

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (KITE) - University Health Network, Mobility


People with stroke often have an uneven walking pattern, called “temporal gait asymmetry”. This can cause long-term problems such as poor balance, pain in the stronger leg, and bone loss in the weaker leg. Some research suggests that areas in the brain may be related to both movement and our ability to recognize and produce a rhythm (e.g. finding and tapping to the beat in a song). We think that some people who have suffered a stroke may have lost the ability to recognize a regular beat, which prevents them from walking in a regular, rhythmical way. The main purpose of this study is to describe the relationship between rhythm abilities and the ability to walk with a regular pattern, and also to self-evaluate the walking pattern.

Your Impact

Your participation in this study will help to investigate the relationship between rhythm abilities and an even, regular walking pattern.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

All Ages

Individuals with a first occurence of a stroke

Individuals with a stroke and normal or minor hearing loss

Individuals with a stroke and the ability to walk 10m without physical assistance but with a gait aid if needed

Individuals without a stroke and normal or minor hearing loss

Individuals without a stroke and the ability to walk 10m without physical assistance but with a gait aid if needed

Study Tasks

Assessment of clinical presentation (effects of stroke on function, functional abilities)
Listening to music and finding the beat
Walking assessment on pressure sensitive mat
Balance assessment (i.e. standing with eyes open, standing with eyes closed)

Ethics

This study has been approved by.....

Keywords

stroke
mobility
walking
rhythm
Activity and Time

Health and Wellness

Observational Study

Weekdays

1.5 hour(s) - 2 hour(s) per session

3 session(s)

The 3rd visit is optional and may be indicated for participants who meet the inclusion criteria for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Compensation

$10 gift card for each visit ($20 for both visits). Participants who complete the MRI visit, will receive an additional $20 gift card.

Reimbursement

Travel reimbursement.

Study Address

550 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 2A2

Posting date: Oct 24, 2019