Physical fitness training for patients with stroke

David H. Saunders* (Corresponding Author), Mark Sanderson, Sara Hayes, Liam Johnson, Sharon Kramer, Daniel Carter, Hannah Jarvis, Miriam Brazzelli, Gillian E. Mead

*Corresponding author for this work

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Cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal fitness are low following a stroke. Interventions to improve physical fitness after stroke could have a range of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial benefits.
The primary objectives of this updated review1 were to determine whether fitness training after stroke reduces death, death or dependence, and disability. The secondary objectives were to determine the effects of training on adverse events, risk factors, physical fitness, mobility, physical function, health status and quality of life, mood, and cognitive function.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E299-E300
Number of pages20
Issue number11
Early online date26 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

Bibliographical note

This article is based on a Cochrane Review published in The Cochrane Library 2020, Issue 3 (see for information). Cochrane Reviews are regularly updated as new evidence emerges and in response to feedback, and the Cochrane Library should be consulted for the most recent version of the review.

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  • exercise
  • physical fitness
  • resistance training
  • risk factors
  • stroke rehabilitation


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