Hypothesis

Functional Strength Training plus Conventional Physical Therapy (FST+CPT) enhances upper limb motor recovery early after stroke more than Movement Performance Therapy plus CPT (MPT+CPT)

Aims

To determine:

  • The relative efficacy of FST+CPT and MPT+CPT.
  • The neural correlates of improvement in response to FST+CPT and MPT+CPT.
  • Whether any one or combination of baseline measures predict improvement in motor function in response to FST+CPT or MPT+CPT.
  • Estimate cost-effectiveness to inform a subsequent definitive clinical trial.