Date of Award
Physical Therapy (M.S.)
James R. Scott
Gordon J. Alderink
Four case studies were used to evaluate the effects of three weeks of isokinetic strength training on retarding muscle atrophy in the contralateral casted limb. The non-dominant arm of each subject was immobilized in a long-arm plaster cast. Two subjects participated in an isokinetic strength training program three times per week for three weeks and two subjects were untrained. Each subject was measured for limb circumference and strength before and after casting. Pre- and post-immobilization values were compared within each subject. The results suggest a possible cross transfer effect of strength from the trained limb to the casted limb in subjects who participated in the strength training program.
Hlavacek, Robin R., "The Effects of Contralateral Limb Strength Training on Muscle Atrophy in an Immobilized Upper Extremity" (1996). Masters Theses. 259.