Effective Interventions for Patients with Neurological Impairment 

Exercise Promotion in Neurology- Test Your Knowledge!


A 57 year old lady who is two years post traumatic brain injury is referred to your service. She resides in a nursing home and has recently become hoist dependent due to a recent decline in physical condition. Six months ago she was able to walk with a stick plus assistance of one person for up to 20 metres.

On assessment she has a right sided hemiparesis but there is some voluntary activity in her lower limb extensors and she can maintain independent, unsupported sitting. There is shortening in her right posterior crural muscles and she wears a raised splint. She appears to be sarcopenic and fatigues quickly.

Consider how you will improve her muscular performance and aerobic condition to enable her to recover the ability to walk short distances.


This lady is likely to be very deconditioned and will fatigue quickly. The duration and intensity outlined below are based on published guidelines but in the initial sessions you may need to be prepared to terminate the session earlier if she becomes too fatigued.

To improve aerobic condition an assisted exercise machine such as an assisted cycle or stepping machine could be used. She would require a 5-minute warm up before increasing intensity. The target heart rate during the conditioning phase would be between 50-60% of maximum intensity and you may opt for 10 minutes of continuous training or 13-15 minutes of interval training. Alternatively, a body weight supported harness treadmill could be used applying the same target intensity and duration as detailed above.

In the absence of assistive equipment repeated periods of standing using physical facilitation or a device such as standing frame or transfer aid will increase the demand on the cardiovascular system and improve her aerobic condition.

To improve her strength performance options could include:

  • Facilitated knee extension from sitting with an ankle weight for progression
  • Repeated sit to stand facilitated by therapist
  • Hip abduction facilitated from side lying, use theraband for resistance/progression

The number of repetitions of each exercise per set should be between 8-12 and you should aim for 2-3 sets per session with a two minute rest between sets.

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Thursday 28th May 2020   2pm – 4pm (UK time)
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Exercise interventions for people with neurological impairment

Thursday 11th June 2020   2pm – 4pm (UK time)
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Rachel Young (MSc, BSc (Hons), MCSP)

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy

Rachel is a senior lecturer in the physiotherapy team at Sheffield Hallam University. Rachel has extensive experience of teaching and assessment in Higher Education. Her role as team leader involves ensuring consistent, high quality delivery of the under-graduate and post-graduate physiotherapy programmes. Her areas of specialist interest are neurological rehabilitation and exercise prescription. Rachel was central to the integration of vocational awards in fitness instruction within the under-graduate curriculum. She is passionate about developing cross sector working between physiotherapy and the fitness industry to enhance the support for people living with long term conditions.

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