Effects of robot-virtual reality compared with robot alone training on gait kinetics of individuals post stroke

Anat Mirelman*, Benjamin L. Patritti, Paolo Bonato, Judith E. Deutsch

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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 environments was shown to transfer to improved over-ground locomotion. To elucidate an underlying mechanism that enabled this functional change we compared the kinetic outcomes of training with the robot-virtual reality (VR) system to the robot alone. Eighteen 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. Training parameters were comparable for the two groups; however, the improvements in moments and powers generated in the ankle and hip of subjects in the robot-VR group were significantly greater than those in the robot alone group. These findings demonstrate that lower extremity training using virtual environments coupled with a robot produced greater gait related strength gains than training with robot alone.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 Virtual Rehabilitation, IWVR
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event2007 Virtual Rehabilitation, IWVR - Venice, Italy
Duration: 27 Sep 200729 Sep 2007

Publication series

Name2007 Virtual Rehabilitation, IWVR


Conference2007 Virtual Rehabilitation, IWVR


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