Long-term effects of a soft robotic suit on gait characteristics in healthy elderly persons

Shanhai Jin, Xiaogang Xiong, Dejin Zhao, Changfu Jin, Motoji Yamamoto

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As a walking assistive device for elderly persons, one of the major aims should be to improve and rehabilitate gait characteristics after long-term repeated use of the device. However, most of the existing research on walking assistive devices only emphasize their immediate effects, and there is limited research indicating the long-term effects. To address this gap, this paper experimentally validates the effects of our soft wearable robotic suit on gait characteristics of elderly persons after repeated use of the device for six weeks. Experimental results on four elderly subjects (age = 74.8 ± 5.0 year) show that, after six weeks of gait rehabilitation training by the robotic suit, the gait characteristics of the subjects were improved, leading to an increased walk ratio with an average of 9.8% compared with the initial state. The results of this research will benefit the potential use of the robotic suit in gait training and rehabilitation for elderly persons and also will be useful to the establishment of practical guidelines that maximize the training and rehabilitation effectiveness of the robotic suit.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1957
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Volume9
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2019

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  • Instrumentation
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  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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Long-term effects of a soft robotic suit on gait characteristics in healthy elderly persons. / Jin, Shanhai; Xiong, Xiaogang; Zhao, Dejin; Jin, Changfu; Yamamoto, Motoji.

In: Applied Sciences (Switzerland), Vol. 9, No. 9, 1957, 01.05.2019.

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