Restoring symmetry: Clinical applications of cross-education

  • Farthing J
  • Zehr E
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Abstract

The "restoring symmetry" hypothesis poses that cross-education of strength - a crossed-limb adaptation after unilateral training - is best applied to clinical conditions presenting with asymmetries. Cross-education mechanisms should be viewed as evolutionarily conserved circuits that have a small impact on daily life but a meaningful impact for rehabilitation. Two recently published examples are hemiparesis after stroke and unilateral orthopedic injury.

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  • asymmetry
  • cross-transfer
  • immobilization
  • stroke
  • therapy
  • wrist fracture

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Authors

  • Jonathan P. Farthing

  • E. Paul Zehr

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