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Level of physical activity is positively correlated with perceived impact on life 12 months after stroke: A cross-sectional study.

Journal article
Authors Peta Cook
Katharina Stibrant Sunnerhagen
Hanna C Persson
Published in Journal of rehabilitation medicine
Volume 52
Issue 5
Pages jrm00056
ISSN 1651-2081
Publication year 2020
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience
Pages jrm00056
Language en
Subject categories Neurology, Physiotherapy


To examine the relationship between, and impact of, level of physical activity and perceived impact on life at 12 months post-stroke.Cross-sectional study.A total of 73 participants with first-time stroke included in the Stroke Arm Longitudinal study at the University of Gothenburg (SALGOT study), Sweden.Perceived impact of stroke was assessed with the Stroke Impact Scale and level of physical activity was assessed with the Saltin-Grimby Physical Activity Scale at 12 months post-stroke. Data were presented with descriptive and logistic regression analyses.The physically active group perceived their strength, emotion, mobility, participation and overall stroke recovery as significantly less problematic compared with the inactive group. Being physically active contributed to higher scores in the Strength domain (odds ratio, OR 7.89) and in the Stroke Recovery domain (OR 18.55). In the Participation domain being physically active (OR 8.01) and independent (OR 0.162) contributed to higher scores.A positive correlation was found between level of physical activity at 12 months post-stroke and levels of strength, participation and stroke recovery.

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