Introduction:？In 2014, American Heart Association and American
Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) issued exercise guidelines for stroke patients.Aim of the Study: To study
the effects of an exercise programme based on AHA/ASA guidelines, on gait
kinematics and kinetics in patients with chronic ischemic
stroke.Materials and Methods: Twelve stroke patients, 67.33 ± 9.14 years old, followed an 8-week
exercise programme, with 3 hourly sessions per week, consisting of strength,
endurance and flexibility training, as well as neuromuscular activities.
Patients’ gait kinematics and kinetics were evaluated before and after the
intervention using a 3-dimensional gait analysis system.Results: In most cases, patients in
the intervention group showed significant increase
or no change in gait kinematics, significant increase in joint moments
at the anterior-posterior plane during support phase, and non-signi- ficant
change in the frontal and transverse planes kinetics.Conclusions: Exercise prevented further deterioration and/or led
to improved walking pattern.
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