Eccentric exercise to improve joint range of motion

Summary

This is an exciting postgraduate research opportunity to investigate what components of eccentric exercise are effective at increasing joint range of motion in people with hemiparesis. The findings from this research hold broad implications for understanding the mechanisms of contracture and rehabilitation after stroke.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Joanna Diong

Research Location

Sydney Medical School - Generic

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

Loss of passive joint range of motion (contracture) is a common impairment after stroke and spinal cord injury, and results in loss of function, disability and pain. It is thought that eccentric exercise can increase lower limb flexibility, measured using joint range of motion or muscle fascicle length. However, it is not known what components of eccentric exercise are most effective at increasing joint range of motion. This series of complementary laboratory and clinical studies aim to exmaine different protocols of eccentric exercise training to determine which protocol is most effective at increasing joint range of motion, and why

Additional Information

This project would suit a student with an undergraduate degree in health science, human movement, medical science, physiology, anatomy or a related discipline. Postgraduate students receive up to $5000 allowance per annum to support research costs.In undertaking these studies, you will learn to understand and interpret biological signals, and you will have opportunities to learn how to process and analyse data using modern scientific computing techniques, and learn mechanical skills and some basic electronics. We are passionate about good science, and will endeavour to impart good research skills in a stimulating environment, to afford you a good experience in research.

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Keywords

Stroke, neurology, EMG, muscle activity, kinematics, kinetics, angle, torque, contracture, spasticity, hypertonicity

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 238

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