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Faculty of Kinesiology Thesis Proposal Alana Gullison MSESS -FR and SJ

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Posted on Oct 17, 2018

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Masters of Science in Exercise Sport Science (MSESS) Thesis Proposal Oral Examination entitled, ”The Interaction Between Over-ground Exoskeleton Gait Training and Muscle Spasticity” by Alana Gullison, Faculty of Kinesiology, will take place on Friday, Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in The Kinesiology Building, 214.


BACKGROUND: Over-ground exoskeleton suits are emerging rehabilitative technology devices designed to improve the gait training experience in clinical populations, such as spinal cord injury and stroke. These populations exhibit a variety of movement impairments, such as spasticity, that can interfere with the ability to perform gait. An analysis on the interaction between this technology and movement impairments is crucial for the clinical appropriateness of robotic exoskeletons as a tool for rehabilitative intervention.

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the in the interaction between over-ground exoskeleton suits and muscle spasticity.

PROPOSED METHODS: Participants will undergo a maximal voluntary contraction test and pre and post clinical tests of spasticity as well as non-exoskeleton walking trials. An intervention of gait training using an over-ground exoskeleton will take place. The clinical tests, walking trials, and intervention performance will be assessed using the BioTone kit and BioSi™ interface system.

Keywords: Spinal cord injury, stoke, exoskeleton, rehabilitation, spasticity.

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