Stoke-related slowing of balance reactions: Understanding mechanisms and developing treatments
Stroke Canada's leading cause of chronic disability often induces a condition of significantly reduced speeds of motion. Timely movements are, however, vital to prevent falls, perform daily activities, and be able to return to work. Therefore, our objective is to characterize `stroke-related slowing' and to suggest novel therapies. Balance characteristics during perturbed standing will be captured for healthy people and people experiencing stroke-related slowing. Both groups will also perform a voluntary movement that will be replicated by a mathematical model. Using this approach, primary mechanisms of stroke-related slowing can be identified and compared to the healthy system. The proposed research is crucial for developing novel interventions that increase independence following stroke. Since the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute operates an extensive stroke program, it will directly benefit from the research. Considering the growing impact of stroke disability on the economy, the envisioned innovations will also be of key importance for Ontario.