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Tahmasebi Boroujeni S, Abbasnia A, Doosti M. (2023). Training with Non-dominant Limb: A Helpful Strategy for Motor Function and Dual-task Cost in Multiple Sclerosis Patients. IJMCL. 5(3), 24-29. doi:10.61186/ijmcl.5.3.24
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Department of Behavioral and Cognitive Sports Sciences, Faculty of Sport Sciences and Health, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran , shahzadtahmaseb@ut.ac.ir
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Background: The use of the inter-limb transfer mechanism in the rehabilitation of Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients is unclear. This study aimed to investigate the effect of non-dominant hand training on motor function and dual-task cost in MS patients. Methods: 22 women with a mean age of 44.09 ± 7.26 years and the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) 3.83 ± 0.76 were randomly divided into control (n=11) and experimental (n=11) groups. The Nine Hole Peg Test (NHPT), Box and Block Test (BBT), and Dual-Task Cost test (DTC) were taken as pre-tests for the participants. Post-test was taken 24 hours after the last intervention session and the retention test one-week later. Results: The results showed that the motor function (NHPT and BBT) of the experimental group improved in both dominant and non-dominant hands (P≤0.05). However, a significant decrease was observed in both dominant and non-dominant hands in the control group for NHPT and BBT (P≤ 0.05). Also, the experimental group had a lower Dual-Task Cost than the control (P < 0.001) in the post-test. Conclusion: According to the results, inter-limb transfer mechanisms can be used in the rehabilitation of MS patients in both motor and cognitive dimensions.

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  • Mechanisms of interlimb transfer can be useful in the rehabilitation of MS patients.
  • Practicing with a non-dominant hand improves the motor function of both upper limbs.
  • The dual-task cost of gait is reduced by practicing with a non-dominant hand.

Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: 2-2. Rehabilitation
Received: 2023/04/24 | Accepted: 2023/07/29

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