Depression contributes directly to disability following a stroke and is the single strongest predictor of quality of life. Treatment of depressive symptoms is associated with better functional recovery and return to activities of daily living. Resistance training can effectively improve post-stroke mobility and has the potential to serve as an alternative (non-drug) anti-depressant treatment option. The purpose of this study is to assess the effects of resistance training on post-stroke depressive symptoms.
The goal of this study is to improve FES-cycling which is a common therapy. We will test a new method of adjusting the FES intensity to maintain a constant pedaling speed. We are looking for participants 18-75 years old who experienced a stroke more than 3 months ago. The study will last a single session.