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A virtual avatar to facilitate gait rehabilitation post-stroke

Thikey, Heather Anne and van Wijck, Frederike and Grealy, Madeleine and Rowe, Philip (2014) A virtual avatar to facilitate gait rehabilitation post-stroke. Gait and Posture, 39 (supple). S51–S52. ISSN 0966-6362

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Abstract

Augmented visual feedback has the potential to compensate for impairments in intrinsic feedback mechanisms after a stroke and highlight salient information to facilitate motor learning. Although there is much literature to support its use with the healthy population, there is limited evidence for its use with stroke patients [1]. Athletes use feedback via motion capture techniques to enhance their understanding of how to optimise movement patterns. A feasibility study was carried out to explore whether a novel visual feedback aid could facilitate improvements in mobility outcomes after a stroke. Patients and their therapists were shown a virtual avatar that could mimic their movements in real-time, with the option to display range of motion targets at joint centres