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A Robotic Stepper for Retraining Locomotion in Spinal-Injured Rodents

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A Robotic Stepper for Retraining Locomotion in Spinal-Injured Rodents
We describe the design and testing of a robotic system to assist locomotion training of spinal-injured rodents. The goal of the system is to control and quantify spatialtemporal patterns of movement and forces during the stance and swing phases of rat locomotion. This approach will allow us to provide varying levels of assistance to limb movement during stepping and to quantify the effects of assistance on step training. Our initial finding was that the rat spinal cord could perform stepping on a virtual treadmill generated by the robot system, with careful design of the virtual environment. Based on the conditions required for this "virtual stepping", we suggest several design principles for robot-assisted rehabilitative step trainers, including devicesfor humans.
David J. Reinkensmeyer, Wojciech K. Timoszyk, Ray
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Type Conference
Year 2000
Where ICRA
Authors David J. Reinkensmeyer, Wojciech K. Timoszyk, Ray D. de Leon, R. Joynes, Eugene Kwak, K. Minakata, V. Reggie Edgerton
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