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Current protocols for post stroke populations consists of inconsistent and outdated interventions that target less functional strength training through heavier and slower movements. Current research displays a 90/10 principle displaying the tendon as the primary power absorber and generator during ballistic and cyclic movements, supported by a primarily isometric muscle activation. Power generation is key for walking. High angular velocity needed during the gait cycle to be able to produce and absorb power rapidly. Ballistic training requires the perfect tradeoff between speed and force to generate and train populations targeting power absorption and output with greater tendon activity. Therefore, current tendon research displaying absorption of power specifically at the tendon seen in cyclic and ballistic activities should translate to stroke survivors, thus challenging the way we currently prescribe post-stroke exercise.


Presented at the 10th annual symposium of College of Physical Therapy research, Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, at George Fox University in Newberg, OR.