Master of Science
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
This thesis explored the relationship between locomotor training and bowel and bladder function in individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Study 1 was a scoping review that identified and summarized literature describing the relationship between locomotor training and bowel/ bladder outcomes in individuals with SCI and identified research gaps in the existing literature on bowel/bladder outcomes during locomotor training. Results of the scoping review suggested there is evidence of a positive relationship between locomotor training and bowel/bladder outcomes, however, most of that evidence was not collected using clinical outcome measures. Study 2 evaluated the feasibility of using the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)-Quality of Life (QOL) v1.0 Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction Scales to assess bowel/bladder changes in people with SCI participating in inpatient or outpatient physical rehabilitation. Results suggested that the SCI-QOLv1.0 Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction Scales were deemed mostly feasible to use by both inpatients and outpatients.
Rudkovska, Anna, "Exploring The Relationship Between Locomotor Training And Bowel And Bladder Outcomes In Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury: A Scoping Review And Feasibility Study." (2018). Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 5841.