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The effects of home-based resistance exercise on balance, power, and mobility in adults with multiple sclerosis

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2004 Feb;85(2):290-7
DeBolt LS, McCubbin JA.
Department of Exercise and Sport Science, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY 40475, USA


To examine the effects of an 8-week home-based resistance exercise program on balance, power, and mobility in adults with multiple sclerosis.


Experimental group design.


General community.


Twenty-nine women (age, 50.3+/-8.5 y) and 8 men (age, 51.1+/-7.1 y) were stratified by disability level and age and were randomized into exercise (n=19) and control (n=17) groups.


The exercise group had lower-extremity resistance training 3 times a week.

The control group maintained current level of physical activity.


Primary outcome measures included balance, as measured by anteroposterior sway, mediolateral sway, and sway velocity using the AccuSway(PLUS) force platform; mobility as assessed with the Up and Go test; and leg power as assessed with the Leg Extensor Power Rig.


Leg extensor power improved significantly in the exercise group (pretest, 3.19+/-1.36 W/kg; posttest, 3.95+/-1.23 W/kg; P=.004), although measures of balance and mobility did not change.


The home-based resistance program was well tolerated by participants and offered a practical means to improve leg extensor power in a short period of time.