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Does a Passive Unilateral Lower Limb Exoskeleton Affect Human Static and Dynamic Balance Control?

Ringhof, Steffen; Patzer, Isabel; Beil, Jonas; Asfour, Tamim; Stein, Thorsten

Abstract (englisch):
Exoskeletons are wearable devices closely coupled to the human, which can interact with themusculoskeletal system, e. g., to augment physical and functional capabilities. A main prerequisite for the development and application of exoskeletons is to investigate the human-exoskeleton interaction, particularly in terms of potential inferences with human motor control. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to investigate whether a passive unilateral lower limb exoskeleton has an impact on static and dynamic reactive balance control. Eleven healthy subjects (22.9 ± 2.5 years, five females) volunteered for this study and performed three different balance tasks: bipedal standing, single-leg standing, and platform perturbations in single-leg standing. All the balance tasks were conducted with and without a passive unilateral lower limb exoskeleton, while force plates and a motion capture system were used to capture the center of pressure mean sway velocity and the time to stabilization, respectively. Dependent t-tests were separately run for both static balance tests, and a repeated-measure analysis of variance with factors exoskeleton and direction of perturbation was calculated for the dynamic reactive balance task. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.3389/fspor.2019.00022
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Institut für Anthropomatik und Robotik (IAR)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2624-9367
KITopen-ID: 1000098585
Erschienen in Frontiers in Sports and Active Living
Band 1
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 20.09.2019
Schlagworte Postural Control, Lower Limb Exoskeleton
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