Balance Recovery and Training on Fall Prevention in Stroke

Recruiting

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Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

Healthy adults
- between 45 and 75 years old
- having no neuromuscular or musculoskeletal disorders that would jeopardize their balance control abilities
- being willing to sign an informed consent approved by the Human Subjects Committee of the National Taiwan University Hospital
Stroke patients
- between 45 and 75 years old
- hemiplegic or hemiparetic as a result of a single cerebral vascular accident with brain lesions primarily involving one of the following areas: the primary motor cortex, supplementary motor/premotor areas, parietal cortex, or basal ganglia
- medically stable with no ongoing complications
- within 30 days post stroke able to independently sit without using any assistive device for at least 3 minutes if being tested on the 14th and 30th days post-stroke and able to stand and take a fast step independently in standing without using any assistive device for at least 3 minutes when tested on the 60th, 90th, 180th, 360th, 540th, and 720th days post stroke onset
- able to communicate with the experimenters
- having no hemianopsia or any obvious cognitive problems as evaluated with the Mini-Mental State examination
- being willing to sign an informed consent approved by the Human Subjects Committee of the National Taiwan University Hospital

Exclusion Criteria

- having other neurological diseases, or moderate to severe neuromuscular or musculoskeletal disorders, or disorders from systematic diseases other than stroke