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Virtual reality aided training of combined arm and leg movements of children with CP


Riener, Robert; Dislaki, Evangelia; Keller, Urs; Koenig, Alexander; Van Hedel, Hubertus; Nagle, Aniket (2013). Virtual reality aided training of combined arm and leg movements of children with CP. In: Haluck, James D; Westwood, Susan W; Felländer-Tsai, Li; Haluck, Randy S; Robb, Richard A; Senger, Steven; Vosburgh, Kirby G. Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 20. s.n.: IOS Press, 349-355.

Abstract

Cerebral palsy (CP) occurs in over 2 out of 1000 live births and can impair motor control and cognition. Our goal was to create a robotic rehabilitation environment that mimics real-life situations by allowing simultaneous exercise of upper and lower limbs. We chose to use the Lokomat as a gait robot and added a novel removable arm robot, called PASCAL (pediatric arm support robot for combined arm and leg training), that was integrated into the Lokomat environment. We also added a virtual reality (VR) environment that enables the subject to perform motivating game-like scenarios incorporating combined arm and leg movements. In this paper we summarize the design of PASCAL and present the novel virtual environment including first experimental results. The next step will be to test whether a combined application of the virtual environment and the two simultaneously working robots is feasible in healthy participants, and finally to clinically evaluate the entire system on children with CP.

Abstract

Cerebral palsy (CP) occurs in over 2 out of 1000 live births and can impair motor control and cognition. Our goal was to create a robotic rehabilitation environment that mimics real-life situations by allowing simultaneous exercise of upper and lower limbs. We chose to use the Lokomat as a gait robot and added a novel removable arm robot, called PASCAL (pediatric arm support robot for combined arm and leg training), that was integrated into the Lokomat environment. We also added a virtual reality (VR) environment that enables the subject to perform motivating game-like scenarios incorporating combined arm and leg movements. In this paper we summarize the design of PASCAL and present the novel virtual environment including first experimental results. The next step will be to test whether a combined application of the virtual environment and the two simultaneously working robots is feasible in healthy participants, and finally to clinically evaluate the entire system on children with CP.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
04 Faculty of Medicine > Balgrist University Hospital, Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Center
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:28 Jan 2014 09:38
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:29
Publisher:IOS Press
Series Name:Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Number:184
ISSN:0926-9630
ISBN:978-1-61499-208-0 (print), 978-1-61499-209-7 (online)
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-209-7-349
Related URLs:http://ebooks.iospress.nl/volume/medicine-meets-virtual-reality-20 (Publisher)
http://ebooks.iospress.nl/publication/32488 (Publisher)
PubMed ID:23400183

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