A Quasi-Passive Knee Exoskeleton to Assist During Descent
A pneumatic exoskeleton intended to decrease the muscle activity of the knee extensors during walking on a negative slope is presented. The device consists of an air spring that can be engaged and disengaged via a solenoid valve. When engaged, the air spring resists knee flexion. A preliminary evaluation of the device was conducted with a single healthy subject. During testing, the EMG activity of the rectus femoris decreased by 15 %, while the EMG activity of the vastus medialis increased by 8 %.
KeywordsKnee Extensor Gait Cycle Swing Phase Check Valve Heel Strike
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