Following orthopaedic injury or stroke, there is clear evidence that people who do more practice in rehabilitation achieve better outcomes.
Despite the evidence that increased amounts of practice result in better outcomes, patients in rehabilitation do not generally engage in large amounts of physical practice.
The time spent in physiotherapy for stroke survivors in inpatient rehabilitation ranges from 24 minutes to 87 minutes per day. Similarly, the time spent in physiotherapy for patients with orthopaedic conditions is only 45 minutes per day.
A recent large observational study, examined the amount of exercise practice that occurred when an inpatient rehabilitation gym was set up to facilitate semi-supervised practice.