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Stroke Research and Treatment
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 298375, 6 pages
Research Article

The Influence of Resistance Exercise Training on the Levels of Anxiety in Ischemic Stroke

1Department of Sports, Science, Exercise, and Health, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, 5000-911 Vila Real, Portugal
25th Battalion of the Military Fire Brigade, Fire Brigade of the State of Minas Gerais, New Horizons Program, 38.406-090 Uberlandia, MG, Brazil
3Department of Physical Education, University of Brasília, 70910-900 Brasília, DF, Brazil
4Departments of Kinesiology, and Physiology, Center for Health Disparities Research, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353, USA

Received 5 May 2012; Revised 24 July 2012; Accepted 17 October 2012

Academic Editor: Disa Sommerfeld

Copyright © 2012 Felipe José Aidar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of this pilot study was to analyze the effect of a strength training program on indicators of trait and state anxiety in patients with ischemic stroke. The subjects were divided into two groups: experimental group (EG) consisting of 11 subjects aged years and a control group (CG) with 13 subjects aged years. EG underwent 12 weeks of strength training, with a frequency of three times a week. For data collection, a State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) was used. Significant differences were found between pre- and posttest in EG for trait anxiety ( pretest posttest) and state anxiety ( pretest posttest) with no differences in CG for trait anxiety ( pretest posttest) and state anxiety ( pretest posttest). In the evaluation between the groups, significant differences were found for all indicators of trait anxiety ( EG; CG) and state anxiety ( EG; CG). This pilot study indicates that strength training may provide an improvement in trait and state anxiety more than one year after stroke.