Greater transfer to walking of lower extremity training with robotics and virtual reality than robotics training alone: Preliminary findings

Anat Mirelman, Judith E. Deutsch, Paolo Bonato

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Abstract

Virtual reality systems have been used to deliver goal directed repetitive training to promote rehabilitation of individuals post-stroke. Lower extremity training of individuals post-stroke who used a robot coupled with virtual environment has been shown to transfer to improved overground locomotion. To isolate the active components of training in this study we compared the outcomes of training with the robot-virtual reality (VR) system to the robot alone. Four individuals post-stroke participated in a four-week training protocol. One group trained with the robot-VR system and the other group with the robot alone. The improvement in walking speed and endurance for the robot- VR group was greater than the robot group alone. Adherence as well as the number of exercises performed in each session was comparable for the two groups. The duration of training sessions was comparable at the beginning of the study. However, subjects in the robot group reported higher fatigue and produced 16% fewer minutes of training towards the end of the study. These findings support the use of virtual environments coupled with a robot for transfer of training from the virtual to the real world environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFifth International Workshop on Virtual Rehabilitation, IWVR 2006
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages155-159
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)1424402808, 9781424402809
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Event5th International Workshop on Virtual Rehabilitation, IWVR 2006 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Aug 29 2006Aug 30 2006

Publication series

NameFifth International Workshop on Virtual Rehabilitation, IWVR 2006

Other

Other5th International Workshop on Virtual Rehabilitation, IWVR 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York, NY
Period8/29/068/30/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software
  • Rehabilitation

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