An important rehabilitation goal for patients in the chronic phase after stroke is to increase their walking speed. By increasing the push-off force, this goal may be reached. In this research study, we will evaluate the effectiveness of a robot-assisted gait training in LOPES to improve push-off force, walking speed and mobility.
Thirty-five adults in the chronic phase after stroke will be included in this study. Participants will receive five weeks of gait training in robotic gait trainer LOPES, twice a week. The gait training targets the push-off force of the paretic leg. The push-off and gait pattern will be evaluated at the start of the training and following the training period.
The target group consists of individuals who are :
-At least 6 months post-stroke
-Able to walk 5 minutes
-Experiencing a reduced push-off force of the paretic leg