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Stroke – Better mobility

Evidence Summary
Physical activity following stroke, particularly walking, has been shown in a number of different studies to improve measures of walking endurance, walking speed and ability to walk unaided. These benefits have been seen after research interventions involving both walking specific training and interventions using cycle ergometer or circuit type activities, although not after resistance training.

Quality of Evidence
Grade A-This recommendation comes from a synthesis of studies in the form of a Cochrane review and thus can be considered of high quality.

Strength of Recommendation
Grade 1- This recommendation comes from a synthesis of studies in the form of a Cochrane review and thus can be considered strong

Supporting people to be physically active following stroke can result in improvements in both walking ability and walking capacity. This may be very beneficial in maximising independence and holistic function.

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