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Physiological Treadmill Training with the 8-DOF Rehabilitation Robot Lokomat


M. Bernhardt, M. Fre., G. Colombo, R. Riener

Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Biomedizinische Technik, Nuremberg, pp. 790-791

The rehabilitation robot LOKOMAT has been developed at the Spinal Cord Injury Center of the University Hospital Balgrist, Zurich. It allows automated treadmill training for patients with mobility impairment of the lower limbs. With the current version of the LOKOMAT, the gait pattern is restricted to two-dimensional trajectories in the sagittal plane (hip and knee flexion/extension). Since the human gait is characterized by a displacement of the lower limbs in 3D, the mechanical LOKOMAT-hardware has been enhanced. Two actuated joints have been added, to perform the movement of the hip ad-/abduction, a translational module has been built to induce a lateral pelvic displacement, and a forth additional drive, actively moves the LOKOMAT up and down. It is expected that treadmill training with the 8-dof Lokomat is more physiological and comfortable and will improve the therapeutic outcome in terms of gait quality.


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% Autogenerated BibTeX entry
@InProceedings { BerEtal:2005:IFA_2142,
    author={M. Bernhardt and M. Fre. and G. Colombo and R. Riener},
    title={{Physiological Treadmill Training with the 8-DOF
	  Rehabilitation Robot Lokomat}},
    booktitle={Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft f{\"u}r
	  Biomedizinische Technik},
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