Voluntary exercise ameliorates the good limb training effect in a mouse model of stroke

Abigail L Kerr, Victoria Nemchek, Emma M. Haan, Rachel Mavros, Amanda Macuiba

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Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States, making research on rehabilitation imperative. Stroke rehabilitation typically focuses on recovery of the impaired limb, although this process is tedious. Compensatory use of the intact limb after stroke is more efficient, but it is known to negatively impact the impaired limb. Exercise may help with this problem; research has shown that exercise promotes neuronal growth and prevents cell death. This study used a mouse model to investigate if post-stroke exercise could prevent deterioration of the function of the impaired limb despite compensatory training of the intact limb. Results showed that mice that exercised, in combination with intact limb training, demonstrated improved functional outcome compared to mice that received no training or compensatory limb training only. These findings suggest that exercise can prevent the deterioration of impaired limb functional outcome that is typically seen with intact limb use.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalExperimental Brain Research
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • Aerobic exercise
  • Rehabilitation
  • Functional recovery
  • Compensatory training
  • Learned nonuse


  • Neuroscience and Neurobiology
  • Rehabilitation and Therapy
  • Psychology

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