Alternating Passive Leg Cycling and Functional Electrical Stimulation: A Novel Approach in Clinical Exercise Rehabilitation for Spinal Cord Injury

Henry Lai, Darren E. R. Warburton


Passive leg cycling and functional electrical stimulation are interventions used to improve the cardiovascular function in persons with spinal cord injury. Although the volume of evidence in support of these techniques is relatively limited, current findings have demonstrated their capacity to improve arterial function in the patients living with spinal cord injury. We proposed that a novel strategy is to alternate the application of passive leg cycling and functional electrical stimulation, which may elicit a synergistic cardiorespiratory response to exercise, leading to marked enhancements in cardiovascular function. This approach has the potential to improve the quality and efficacy of clinical exercise rehabilitation for persons with spinal cord injury, improve their cardiovascular health, and reduce their risks associated with cardiovascular disease. 


Clinical Exercise Rehabilitation; Physical Activity; Health Promotion; Kinesiology; Spinal Cord Injury; Cardiovascular Health

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ISSN: 19206216