An ecological evaluation of the metabolic benefits due to robot-assisted gait training

E. Peri, E. Biffi, C. Maghini, M. Marzorati, E. Diella, A. Pedrocchi, A. C. Turconi, G. Reni

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Abstract

Cerebral palsy (CP), one of the most common neurological disorders in childhood, features affected individual's motor skills and muscle actions. This results in elevated heart rate and rate of oxygen uptake during sub-maximal exercise, thus indicating a mean energy expenditure higher than healthy subjects. Rehabilitation, currently involving also robot-based devices, may have an impact also on these aspects. In this study, an ecological setting has been proposed to evaluate the energy expenditure of 4 children with CP before and after a robot-assisted gait training. Even if the small sample size makes it difficult to give general indications, results presented here are promising. Indeed, children showed an increasing trend of the energy expenditure per minute and a decreasing trend of the energy expenditure per step, in accordance to the control group. These data suggest a metabolic benefit of the treatment that may increase the locomotion efficiency of disabled children.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3590-3593
Number of pages4
Volume2015-November
ISBN (Print)9781424492718
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 4 2015
Event37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015 - Milan, Italy
Duration: Aug 25 2015Aug 29 2015

Other

Other37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015
CountryItaly
CityMilan
Period8/25/158/29/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics

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    Peri, E., Biffi, E., Maghini, C., Marzorati, M., Diella, E., Pedrocchi, A., Turconi, A. C., & Reni, G. (2015). An ecological evaluation of the metabolic benefits due to robot-assisted gait training. In Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS (Vol. 2015-November, pp. 3590-3593). [7319169] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319169