Kinect-based Rapid Movement Therapy to prevent falls in stroke survivors
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AbstractBackground and aims. Stroke survivors have higher risks of falling compared to healthy older-adults. About 50-75% of stroke survivors have fallen at least once within 6 months after discharge 1 . They have impaired fast and accurate reaction due to reduced limb control, postural stability and coordination that makes rapid balance recovery movement challenging 2 . Previous study has shown that postural response delay can be trained by perturbation and speed training 34 and Kinect can be used to detect older-adult’s stepping and reaching time 5 . The objective of the study is to investigate the feasibility of Kinect-based rapid movement therapy (RMT) to train faster response and movement time and to improve range of motion (ROM) in stroke survivors.

Method. The Kinect-based rapid movement therapy shows limb (arms/legs) and direction cue on a screen and the Microsoft Kinect track the subjects’ movement. It requires the participants to perform very fast arms and legs movement in different directions (leg=7/hand=4). Four subjects (age=59.82.1,BBS=49.81.3) undergo 10 RMT sessions.

Results. The graph shows the ROM (in % of height) and movement completion time of stroke survivors tracked by the Microsoft Kinect throughout the training sessions. Movement time shows rapid and continuous improvement session by session. ROM shows improvement, but start to plateau from session 5.


Conclusions. The results from our pilot study suggest that Kinect-based Rapid Movement Therapy might be useful to improve movement completion time and range of motion.
All Author(s) ListJunata M., Cheng K.C., Man H.S., Tong K.Y.
Name of ConferenceThe 11th ISPRM World Congress
Start Date of Conference30/04/2017
End Date of Conference04/05/2017
Place of ConferenceBuenos Aires
Country/Region of ConferenceArgentina
Year2017
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsStroke, Falls, Rapid Movement Therapy

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