Design and Evaluation of a Training system to Increase Knee Extension Load during Walking

Zixi Gu, Mazoon Salim Al Maamari, Di Zhang, Yasuo Kawakami, Sarah Cosentino, Atsuo Takanishi

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Abstract

Prevention of mobility loss due to aging is critical to avoid or postpone the necessity for continuous care in late stages of life. In particular, knee extensors have a key role in maintaining balance and stabilizing gait. As loss of muscle strength in knee extensors jeopardize mobility abilities, continuous training of these muscles is fundamental. Walking is the most popular daily exercise. However, the training effects of simple walking are limited to lower leg muscles, leading to a progressive deterioration of knee extension muscles strength if not integrated with specific exercises targeting those muscles. Therefore, we are developing a training device to apply additional mechanical load on the knee during walking and extend the training effect of simple walking to knee extensors. The training device will be designed for maximum versatility using a compact oil damper with no need for electrical power. The specifications of the device will be determined using results from preliminary research on knee extensor muscle activity during walking, evaluated with an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) based measuring system. In this study, we designed a prototype of the device and evaluated its training effect on knee extensor muscle.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2019 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1288-1293
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728116983
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug
Event16th IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2019 - Tianjin, China
Duration: 2019 Aug 42019 Aug 7

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2019 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2019

Conference

Conference16th IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2019
CountryChina
CityTianjin
Period19/8/419/8/7

Keywords

  • ergonomic
  • knee extensors
  • rehabilitation
  • training device

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Optimization
  • Artificial Intelligence

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    Gu, Z., Maamari, M. S. A., Zhang, D., Kawakami, Y., Cosentino, S., & Takanishi, A. (2019). Design and Evaluation of a Training system to Increase Knee Extension Load during Walking. In Proceedings of 2019 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2019 (pp. 1288-1293). [8816555] (Proceedings of 2019 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2019). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICMA.2019.8816555