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Recent progress with spinal cord injured (SCI) patients indicates that with training they can recover some locomotor ability. Here we addressed the question of whether locomotor responses developed with training depend on re-activation of the normal motor patterns or whether they depend on learning new motor patterns. To this end we recorded detailed(More)
This paper introduces a prototype audio-biofeedback system for balance improvement through the sonification using trunk kinematic information. In tests of this system, normal healthy subjects performed several trials in which they stood quietly in three sensory conditions while wearing an accelerometric sensory unit and headphones. The audio-biofeedback(More)
Are there general rules for the generation of curvilinear motion of the end-effector? Form and kinematics of the arm trajectory are typically inter-related. A relationship between velocity and curvature of the endpoint path has been previously described and quantified as the two-thirds power law. Here we show that the two-thirds power law holds also for the(More)
Gravity has a strong effect on gait and the speed of gait transitions. A gait has been defined as a pattern of locomotion that changes discontinuously at the transition to another gait. On Earth, during gradual speed changes, humans exhibit a sudden discontinuous switch from walking to running at a specific speed. To study the effects of altered gravity on(More)
The analysis of the mechanics of the musculo-skeletal system during the execution of a motor task requires the determination of the instantaneous position and orientation of the body segments involved in relation to an inertial system of reference. By using adequately assembled uniaxial accelerometric sensors, an easy-to-manage measurement system can be(More)
What are the building blocks with which the human spinal cord constructs the motor patterns of locomotion? In principle, they could correspond to each individual activity pattern in dozens of different muscles. Alternatively, there could exist a small set of constituent temporal components that are common to all activation patterns and reflect global(More)
A simple inertial measurement unit (IMU) incorporating rate gyroscopes and accelerometers has been tested to investigate the trunk kinematics during the sit-to-stand. It was affixed at trunk L5 level and used for sit-to-stand position and orientation reconstruction. The method was validated with standard optoelectronic equipment and results were also(More)
We have investigated the use of an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) for the assessment of fall-risk (FR) in patients with different neural pathologies. The assessment integrates a clinical tool based on a wearable device (WD) with accelerometers (ACCs) and rate gyroscopes (GYROs) properly suited to identify trunk kinematic parameters that can be measured(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term patients with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy show altered foot biomechanics and abnormal foot loading. This study aimed at assessing muscle performance and ankle mobility in such patients under controlled conditions. METHODS Forty six long-term diabetes patients with (DN) and without (D) peripheral neuropathy, and 21 controls (C)(More)
In this paper we introduce a new method to evaluate the ability to rise from a chair by means of the sit-to-stand locomotion task. It is based on the analysis of the vertical acceleration peaks and the timing as assessed by an our designed device. Preliminary results indicate the feasibility of discriminating the rising from a chair fixed to different(More)