Gait training with music and large amplitude verbal cues: Phase 2 - Adults post-stroke

Project Description

The purpose of this study is to examine if rhythmic auditory stimulation (RAS) (an emphasizing beat) and verbal “Big” amplitude cues embedded in an individual’s preferred-music while progressively increasing and decreasing the tempo (above and below self-selected, baseline gait speed) over seven weeks of gait training will improve spatial and temporal gait parameters, overall walking distance and duration, and increase enjoyment during walking for older adults as compared to adults post-stroke. Phase 1 will be completed by the end of 2018-2019 academic year with 15 older adults having completed the program. This phase 2 study is planned for academic year 2019-2020 (Fall & Winter semesters) and will focus on 15 participants post-stroke in Flint local hosptials, out patient clinics, and/or senior centers. experience has taught us that cohorts of 7-8 participationts at a time are manageable. This study is innovative since, to our knowledge, the use of correctly timed, verbal “Big” commands to encourage larger amplitude movements have not been combined with RAS embedded in a participant’s preferred music while undergoing a walking training program. This intervention combination targets improving gait symmetry by encouraging larger steps on the involved side for individual post-stroke. A more details description of the methods is available upon request.

Work Description

  1. Utilize the Protokinetics Zeno walkway for data collection and analysis.
  2. Recruit and manage participants with a history of stroke from local hospitals, outpatient clinics, senoir centers and stroke clubs.
  3. Train the participants in walking with the music/RAS/Big amplitude verbal cues plus facilitate fellow students (13 needed) to assist in this training from current year 1 & 2 DPT students
  4. Perform data collection at specified intervals.
  5. Data processing and analysis.
  6. Preparation of manuscripts for submission for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  7. Preparation for abstract submission for presentation at state & national conferences, presentations if accepted.

Requirements Description

  • Current UM-Flint professional DPT year 1 or 2 student
  • Prefer past experience in carrying out a research project.
  • Prefer experience in Word, Excel, and SPSS.
  • Prefer experience in presentation preparation and abstract and manuscript writing.

Work Schedule

6 hours per week on-campus and/or in the Flint area. Gait training during work hours (8 am - 5 pm) for two one-hour sessions per week over a 10 week period for two cohorts or a total of 15 subjects. Other hours for data processing and analysis and preparation for dissemination will be flexible according to the students’ schedule.

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Physical Therapy
Fall 2019 and Winter 2020
Work could be done by someone not coming to campus (e.g., online or non-local student)
What majors can apply?
  • Physical Therapy (entry-level DPT)
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Faculty Name
Cathy Larson
Physical Therapy
810 762-3373
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