A further improvement in nomenclature would be to change Moving into standing to Standing up & sitting down, which would make more sense to therapists and patients. Exercises relevant to SCI are very useful and illustrate the types of exercise and training required to enable people to learn new techniques Selleckchem Osimertinib for living: for example wheelchair activities, and specific exercises to improve the function of muscles involved in these ‘new’ activities. These figures would be helpful for clinicians new to the field and also
to patients and other users of the website. Similarly, exercises in the section Motor delay illustrate useful task-oriented exercises and activities to practise with infants and children with neuromotor impairment and motor disabilities, and include ways of holding and carrying the infant. However, the term ‘motor delay’ is confusing if it is not qualified. Most of the exercises/activities
are appropriate for infants and children with cerebral palsy, TBI, and stroke as well as developmental delay, and their neuromotor problems are more complex than is inferred by the word ‘delay’. Cerebral palsy should be included under Condition. The section on exercise for Stroke, however, has some limitations such as too many exercises overall and too many single joint movements that provide little challenge or interest. In some instances, the instructions could be clearer. For example, for Urease exercises where the aim is described as ‘muscle strengthening,’ increased strength would
only result Wnt inhibitor from practise with progressive resistance and appropriate dose for the individual’s level of strength. It would be useful to add instructions on how to progress exercise by using strength-training principles. In another example, it would be helpful to emphasize more active participation of the patient in the text description, such as in the direction to the therapist to position the patient in standing. There seems to be an assumption that exercises will generalise into improved functional performance, however this may only occur if the exercise is relevant to the action being learned. A major omission is balance training. This is usually a critical part of rehabilitation yet it is not mentioned in the exercises for stroke, TBI, or motor delay and does not appear under exercise type. There seems to be no reference to balance even in exercises that principally involve the practice of balancing in standing on one leg. For example, the listed aim of the exercise rolling the foot on a ball, is to improve the ability to move the leg in different directions. It was also surprising that treadmill walking for fitness training is not included, but this may reflect the context of rehabilitation in the absence of expensive equipment. Overall, the development of this website is an excellent initiative.