Development of the locomotor-like passive stepping movement device by injecting jet-water to foot sole

Tomohisa Kato, Minoru Sato, Shinichirou Yamamoto, Takashi Komeda, Kimitaka Nakazawa

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Abstract

A lot of previous studies have developed various exercise methods and devices in order to provide exercise effective for maintaining good health. In particular, it is recently well-known that underwater gaittraining is a useful fitness movement especially for elderly person. The purpose of this study was to develop a device to induce locomotor-like stepping movements by injecting jet-water to foot sole of a person sitting in a bath. We then investigated the behavior of the leg joints caused by the fluid force in healthy subject. The result shows that the new device can induce reproducible locomotor-like stepping movement by effectively flexing hip, knee and ankle joints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-138
Number of pages6
JournalTransactions of Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering
Volume48
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • Aquakinetics
  • Biomechanics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Locomotion
  • Neuro-rehabilitation

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  • Biomedical Engineering

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Development of the locomotor-like passive stepping movement device by injecting jet-water to foot sole. / Kato, Tomohisa; Sato, Minoru; Yamamoto, Shinichirou; Komeda, Takashi; Nakazawa, Kimitaka.

In: Transactions of Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering, Vol. 48, No. 1, 2010, p. 133-138.

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