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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Reports have described the contribution of motor imagery (MI) practice for improving upper-extremity functions in patients with hemiparesis following stroke. The purpose of this case report is to describe the use of MI practice to attempt to improve walking in an individual with hemiparesis. CASE DESCRIPTION A 69-year-old man with(More)
OBJECTIVE To test the feasibility and efficacy of a home-based motor imagery gait training program to improve walking performance of individuals with chronic poststroke hemiparesis. DESIGN Nonrandomized controlled trial. SETTING Local facility. PARTICIPANTS Participants (N=17) were community-dwelling volunteers with hemiparesis caused by a unilateral(More)
The authors sought to gain further knowledge about activation of target muscles during imagery engagement in a motor task. Six hemiparetic patients and 9 healthy participants performed 3 real rises on tiptoes and then, after pausing, 3 imagery rises on tiptoes. Metronome beats guided the rate of rises and descents. Electromyographic (EMG) activity from the(More)
The aim of this series of pilot case studies was to examine the feasibility of enhancing the walking of individuals with post-stroke hemiparesis through the imagery practice of gait activities at home. Four persons with chronic hemiparesis received imagery gait practice, 3 days a week for 6 weeks. The intervention addressed gait impairments of the affected(More)
PURPOSE To demonstrate the feasibility of an innovative program of physical activity using a standing-support device targeted towards adult residents of a nursing home who are unable to transfer or stand independently. METHOD Intervention study. PARTICIPANTS Thirteen residents, age 82 +/- 11 years, at the Beit Bayer Nursing Home, Jerusalem, Israel, who(More)
OBJECTIVE In subjects with unilateral vestibular malfunction, running is associated with less departure from the straight-ahead path than walking. The purpose of this study was to broaden the scope of these observations by investigating whether they can be generalized to healthy subjects. DESIGN Healthy blindfolded subjects were asked to traverse a 10-m(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Familial dysautonomia (FD) is a rare genetic autosomal recessive disease that impairs vital functions and causes neural and motor deficiency. These motor deficits often are characterized by static and dynamic instability and an ataxic gait. As a result, people with FD are at risk for significant physical impairment and falls and pose(More)
BACKGROUND The need to predict decline in functional status in a large number of older adults has brought researchers and clinicians to develop easy-to-administer field tests. One of them is the 'multiple-sit-to-stand' (MSTS), which claims to measure leg strength. OBJECTIVE To assess the extent to which the MSTS is a leg strength, leg endurance or general(More)
OBJECTIVES To test the effects of a new motor imagery practice approach, in which motor and motivational contents were integrated in order to improve gait in subjects with chronic poststroke hemiparesis. DESIGN A half-crossover study composed of 2 phases. In phase 1, subjects were randomly assigned to receive either the experimental or the control(More)
BACKGROUND   The MABAT Youth National Health and Nutrition Survey was conducted in Israel by the Ministry of Health and the Center for Disease Control. This article presents results of physical activity (PA) habits in Israel, in relation to recommendations by world health organizations. METHODS   Participants were 6274 adolescents, grades 7-12, enrolled(More)