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Stroke Research and Treatment
Volume 2012, Article ID 818513, 5 pages
Research Article

Physical Activity, Ambulation, and Motor Impairment Late after Stroke

1Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology/Rehabilitation Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, 413 45 Göteborg, Sweden
2Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, 413 45 Göteborg, Sweden
3Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital/Nesodden and Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway

Received 19 May 2011; Revised 15 July 2011; Accepted 19 July 2011

Academic Editor: Gert Kwakkel

Copyright © 2012 Anna Danielsson 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.


Objective. To assess walking capacity and physical activity using clinical measures and to explore their relationships with motor impairment late after stroke. Subjects. A nonrandomised sample of 22 men and 9 women with a mean age of 60 years, 7–10 years after stroke. Methods. Fugl-Meyer Assessment, maximum walking speed, 6 min walk test, perceived exertion, and heart rate were measured, and the Physiological Cost Index was calculated. Physical activity was reported using The Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly. Results. Mean (SD) 6 min walking distance was 352 (±136) m, and Physiological Cost Index was 0.60 (±0.41). Self-reported physical activity was 70% of the reference. Motor impairment correlated with walking capacity but not with the physical activity level. Conclusion. It may be essential to enhance physical activity even late after stroke since in fairly young subjects both walking capacity and the physical activity level were lower than the reference.