Feasibility of high-repetition, task-specific training for individuals with upper-extremity paresis

Kimberly J. Waddell, Rebecca L. Birkenmeier, Jennifer L. Moore, T. George Hornby, Catherine E. Lang

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OBJECTIVE. We investigated the feasibility of delivering an individualized, progressive, high-repetition upper-extremity (UE) task-specific training protocol for people with stroke in the inpatient rehabilitation setting. METHOD. Fifteen patients with UE paresis participated in this study. Task-specific UE training was scheduled for 60 min/day, 4 days/wk, during occupational therapy for the duration of a participant's inpatient stay. During each session, participants were challenged to complete ≥ 300 repetitions of various tasks. RESULTS. Participants averaged 289 repetitions/session, spending 47 of 60 min in active training. Participants improved on impairment and activity level outcome measures. CONCLUSION. People with stroke in an inpatient setting can achieve hundreds of repetitions of taskspecific training in 1-hr sessions. As expected, all participants improved on functional outcome measures. Future studies are needed to determine whether this high-repetition training program results in better outcomes than current UE interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-453
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2014


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