Stroke is a debilitating disorder and 75% of individuals with stroke (iwS) have upper extremity deficits. IwS are prescribed therapies to enhance upper-extremity mobility, but current most effective therapies have minimum requirements that the individuals with severe impairment do not meet. Thus, there is a need to enhance the therapies. Recent studies have shown that StartReact -the involuntary release of a planned movement, triggered by a startling stimulus (e.g., loud sound)- elicits faster and larger muscle activation in iwS compared to voluntary-initiated movement.
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- Doctoral Dissertation Mechanical Engineering 2020