Investigate the effects of aerobic exercise (AE) on individuals who have had a stroke and showed baseline scores lower than the standard scores for the 6-minute and 10-Meter walk tests (6MWT and 10MWT, respectively).
Individuals were assigned to groups according to gait performance, defined by the standard values in the 6MWT and 10MWT tests [standard baseline score (SBS) and lower baseline score (LBS)], and brain injury side. AE, thirty minutes per day, two times a week, for a total of twelve weeks. 6MWT and 10MWT in five assessments: initial, after four, eight, twelve weeks, and four weeks of follow-up, analyzed by multivariate analysis, with p-value <0.05.
The 6MWT data showed an increase in endurance for LBS and left-brain injury, during assessments 4, and follow-up, compared to SBS (F4,84=14.64). LBS showed endurance increase for assessments 2, 3, 4, and follow-up compared to assessment 1 (F4,84=7.70). The 10MWT data showed an increase in speed for LBS and left-brain injury, during assessments 3, 4, and follow-up, compared to assessment 1, 4, and follow-up, compared to assessment 2 (F4,84 = 5.33).
AE increases gait endurance and speed in individuals who have had a stroke, with left-brain injury and LBS in the 6MWT and 10MWT.