Adapted resistance training improves strength in eight weeks in individuals with multiple sclerosis

Jennifer L. Keller, Nora Fritz, Chen Chun Chiang, Allen Jiang, Tziporah Thompson, Nicole Cornet, Scott D. Newsome, Peter A. Calabresi, Kathleen Zackowski

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Hip weakness is a common symptom affecting walking ability in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). It is known that resistance strength training (RST) can improve strength in individuals with MS, however; it remains unclear the duration of RST that is needed to make strength gains and how to adapt hip strengthening exercises for individuals of varying strength using only resistance bands. This paper describes the methodology to set up and implement an adapted resistance strength training program, using resistance bands, for individuals with MS. Directions for pre- and post-strength tests to evaluate efficacy of the strength-training program are included. Safety features and detailed instructions outline the weekly program content and progression. Current evidence is presented showing that significant strength gains can be made within 8 weeks of starting a RST program. Evidence is also presented showing that resistance strength training can be successfully adapted for individuals with MS of varying strength with little equipment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere53449
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number107
StatePublished - Jan 29 2016


  • Exercise
  • Hip strength
  • Issue 107
  • Medicine
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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