Locomotor Training Approaches for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury: A Preliminary Report of Walking‐related Outcomes

  title={Locomotor Training Approaches for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury: A Preliminary Report of Walking‐related Outcomes},
  author={Edelle C. Field-Fote and Stephen D Lindley and Andrew l. Sherman},
  journal={Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy},
Background and Purpose Body weight supported (BWS) locomotor training improves overground walking ability in individuals with motor-incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI). While there are various approaches available for locomotor training, there is no consensus regarding which of these is optimal. The purpose of this ongoing investigation is to compare outcomes associated with these different training approaches. Subjects and Methods Twenty-seven subjects with chronic motor-incomplete SCI have… 

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