Center of Mass and Postural Adaptations During Robotic Exoskeleton-Assisted Walking for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury
The goal of this study is to understand the postural adaptations characterized by the whole body center of mass (COM) for individuals with SCI while walking with powered robotic exoskeletons, EksoGTTM and ReWalkTM. COM excursions showed a greater medial-lateral weight shift approach while walking in the EksoGTTM compared to a more forward-lean approach in the ReWalk™, however, postural trunk lean was significantly (p < 0.05) higher in the ReWalkTM. Understanding the effects of exoskeleton designs on posture and sway is crucial towards developing effective and efficient training protocols for rehabilitation and recovery post SCI.
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