Strategies of reactive stepping post-stroke altered by starting stance and leg preference

Takeaway

  • After a stroke, the likelihood of taking a step with the non-preferred leg in response to a perturbation is higher if the person was initially stood with more of their weight on the other leg.

Why this matters

  • Stroke therapy strategies involving reactive stepping training should take into consideration the simultaneous roles of the legs in supporting and stepping, for example stepping with the non-preferred leg can be facilitated by unweighting the leg.