Evaluation of post-stroke physical activity dimensions and their relationship with motor function

Takeaway

  • Physical activity (PA) intensity and duration improve up to 12 weeks post-stroke, but PA frequency and duration do not, and there is limited association between these parameters and motor recovery.

Why this matters

  • Stroke survivors experience low levels of PA following stroke, due to physical functioning problems, but PA is important to reduce risk of future strokes. Additionally, PA is increasingly being recognized as a multidimensional construct that cannot be evaluated by 1 outcome.

  • This study suggests that multiple dimensions of PA should be measured in stroke survivors, which will contribute to improved understanding of outcomes and potential treatment approaches.