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TitleEffects of robotic guidance on the coordination of locomotion
Author(s)Moreno, Juan C.
Barroso, Filipe André Oliveira
Farina, Dario
Gizzi, Leonardo
Santos, Cristina
Molinari, Marco
Pons, José L.
Issue date19-Jul-2013
PublisherBioMed Central
JournalJournal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
Abstract(s)Functional integration of motor activity patterns enables the production of coordinated movements, such as walking. The activation of muscles by weightened summation of activation signals has been demonstrated to represent the spatiotemporal components that determine motor behavior during walking. Exoskeleton robotic devices are now often used in the rehabilitation practice to assist physical therapy of individuals with neurological disorders. These devices are used to promote motor recovery by providing guidance force to the patients. The guidance should in principle lead to a muscle coordination similar to physiological human walking. However, the influence of robotic devices on locomotor patterns needs still to be characterized. The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of force guidance and gait speed on the modular organization of walking in a group of eight healthy subjects.
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