The effect of assist-as-needed support on metabolic cost during gait training of chronic stroke patients in LOPESII

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    Abstract

    Effectiveness of robotic gait training in rehabilitation of stroke patients remains inconclusive. A reason could be that the current robotic gait trainers do not initiate motor learning principles enough. To encourage active participation of the patient and therefore motor learning, assist-as-needed (AAN) support strategies have been implemented in the robotic gait trainer LOPESII. Aim of the current study was to examine the effect of assist-as-needed support on metabolic cost. Ten chronic stroke patients completed three 6-min walking trials in LOPESII, with zero support, AAN-support for stiff knee gait and complete-support. Metabolic parameters were measured and compared between support conditions. No significant differences in net metabolic power were observed between zero-support, AAN-support and complete support. No evidence was found that AAN-support asks a higher metabolic cost of the participant.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConverging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation III
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2018), October 16-20, 2018, Pisa, Italy
    EditorsLorenzo Masia, Silvestro Micera, Metin Akay, José L. Pons
    Place of PublicationCham
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages415-419
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-01845-0
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-01844-3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

    Publication series

    NameBiosystems and Biorobotics
    Volume21
    ISSN (Print)2195-3562
    ISSN (Electronic)2195-3570

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