Using Virtual Reality and Telerehabilitation to Improve Walking in Individuals Following StrokeBy Jaffe, David L.; Proceedings: State of the Science Conference on Telerehabilitation and Applications of Virtual Reality,
(Pages: 3) Publication Date: October 2001
Study to apply and evaluate the first phase of a system for individuals with post-stroke hemiplegia that trains, monitors, and improves their walking characteristics, including balance, step length, stride length, gait asymmetry, walking speed, ability to step over objects, and walking endurance. During training interventions, participants were instructed to step over computer-generated objects of a selected height and length. A virtual reality treadmill training intervention involved participants walking on a treadmill at their normal walking speed. A color video camera was directed at the participants’ legs, while the participant wore a head-mounted display to view the nature of the images. When walking on the treadmill, the participants were instructed to step over virtual objects, while gait accuracy was measured by the rate of successful navigation. The first phase of the project demonstrated that the virtual reality training protocol using computer-generated objects was effective in improving the gait of individuals with hemiplegia following a stroke.
Published by: National Rehabilitation Hospital Press (Website:http://www.nrhrehab.org/default.aspx)
RERC on Telerehabilitation (Web Site: http://www.rerctr.pitt.edu/index.html )
Link to text: http://www.telerehab-nrh.org/SOS/Session/proceedings.pdf
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number O14726