DEVELOPMENT OF AN ALTERNATIVE SYSTEM FOR SUSPENDED GAIT ANALYSIS

Gustavo Freitas de Lima, Alberto Cliquet Jr.

Abstract

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) may impair an individual’s gait. For these cases, a rehabilitation technique that has become more popular is Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES). Gait analysis is an important technique to evaluate rehabilitation of patients undergoing FES-assisted therapy. This work proposes a system that monitors gait variables – knee joint angles, and ground reaction forces (heel and metatarsal) – and uses them as inputs for gait analysis of paraplegic patients. The methods for building the data acquisition hardware (transducers and interface) and software are described, along with the transducer calibration methods. The results show the final prototype for the gait analysis system, which allows comparison between different individuals’ gaits, as well as different rehabilitation stages for the same individual. The software has a recording feature, as well as digital control outputs, which may be used in the future for training an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) and controlling the individual’s FES stimulator. In the near future, the system may be of great applicability for suspended FES-assisted gait analysis and control.

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Freitas de Lima G. and Cliquet Jr. A. (2008). DEVELOPMENT OF AN ALTERNATIVE SYSTEM FOR SUSPENDED GAIT ANALYSIS . In Proceedings of the First International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - Volume 1: BIODEVICES, (BIOSTEC 2008) ISBN 978-989-8111- 17-3, pages 260-263. DOI: 10.5220/0001049702600263


in Bibtex Style

@conference{biodevices08,
author={Gustavo Freitas de Lima and Alberto Cliquet Jr.},
title={DEVELOPMENT OF AN ALTERNATIVE SYSTEM FOR SUSPENDED GAIT ANALYSIS},
booktitle={Proceedings of the First International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - Volume 1: BIODEVICES, (BIOSTEC 2008)},
year={2008},
pages={260-263},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001049702600263},
isbn={978-989-8111- 17-3},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the First International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - Volume 1: BIODEVICES, (BIOSTEC 2008)
TI - DEVELOPMENT OF AN ALTERNATIVE SYSTEM FOR SUSPENDED GAIT ANALYSIS
SN - 978-989-8111- 17-3
AU - Freitas de Lima G.
AU - Cliquet Jr. A.
PY - 2008
SP - 260
EP - 263
DO - 10.5220/0001049702600263