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A novel cable-driven robotic training improves locomotor function in individuals post-stroke. Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2011;2011:8539-42

Date

01/19/2012

Pubmed ID

22256331

Pubmed Central ID

PMC4006736

DOI

10.1109/IEMBS.2011.6092107

Abstract

A novel cable-driven robotic gait training system has been tested to improve the locomotor function in individuals post stroke. Seven subjects with chronic stroke were recruited to participate in this 6 weeks robot-assisted treadmill training paradigm. A controlled assistance force was applied to the paretic leg at the ankle through a cable-driven robotic system. The force was applied from late stance to mid-swing during treadmill training. Body weight support was provided as necessary to prevent knee buckling or toe drag. Subjects were trained 3 times a week for 6 weeks. Overground gait speed, 6 minute walking distance, and balance were evaluated at pre, post 6 weeks robotic training, and at 8 weeks follow up. Significant improvements in gait speed and 6 minute walking distance were obtained following robotic treadmill training through a cable-driven robotic system. Results from this study indicate that it is feasible to improve the locomotor function in individuals post stroke through a flexible cable-driven robot.

Author List

Wu M, Landry JM, Yen SC, Schmit BD, Hornby TG, Rafferty M

Author

Brian Schmit PhD Professor in the Biomedical Engineering department at Marquette University




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Female
Gait
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Motor Activity
Recovery of Function
Robotics
Stroke
Stroke Rehabilitation