HAYS, KS --- Fort Hays State University, with anticipated funds from Medicaid, will begin research on stroke survivors. This study will afford several area stroke survivors free therapy for approximately nine months.
Sandy Billinger, program manager for the Stroke Wellness and Research Center at FHSU, will lead this spin-off of James Cho's dissertation into the research phase. Cho, former director of the Physical Therapy Program, speculated about the effectiveness of exercise in reducing neurological deficits in stroke survivors. Billinger intends to find out.
Billinger and partner Dr. Greg Kandt, associate professor of health and human performance, need six to 10 individuals who have survived a stroke no less than six months ago for their research. These survivors need a desire to improve their quality of life, reliable transportation to FHSU and Medicaid insurance.
In a similar study, Billinger observed that the survivors did benefit from the exercise. "They feel better, they notice the strength in their affected limbs and their range of motion improves."
"Post-test evaluations show standard cardiovascular improvements," said Kandt. "Everything we know about aerobic cardiovascular response tells us that there has to be a positive response."
Interested persons should contact Billinger at (785) 628-5564.