Robot-Assisted Balance Training for Gait Modification
adaptation, balance, rehabilitation, stroke
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Diminished balance control while walking is a main concern for people with stroke. An appropriate training method would help improve their balance during walking. In this study, we examined if a novel robot-assisted balance training (RABT) program could change human gait patterns. Five healthy individuals underwent a RABT program with either stepping or standing movements. An external perturbation using a force field was applied to the lower trunk to alter weight distribution patterns during training. The results showed that people who had a RABT with stepping movements demonstrated a greater change in gait patterns compared to those who had the RABT with standing movements. This suggests that the RABT program with stepping movements can be used as a rehabilitation approach to facilitate an adaptation of a new balance control pattern in human beings.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
2013 IEEE 13th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR)
Scholar Commons Citation
Kim, Seok H. and Reed, Kyle B., "Robot-Assisted Balance Training for Gait Modification" (2013). Mechanical Engineering Faculty Publications. 99.