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Exercise intensity of robot-assisted walking versus overground walking in nonambulatory stroke patients

Michiel P. M. van Nunen, MSc, et al.

Robot-assisted treadmill training has a potential for longer training activity than conventional overground therapy. We investigated whether exercise intensity during robot-assisted walking was within recommended levels for aerobic training and systematically studied whether the settings of the robotic device had an influence on exercise intensity. Results show that for severely disabled patients with stroke, exercise intensity during robot-assisted walking was below recommended levels and lower than during overground walking. Furthermore, within a certain range, exercise intensity was not affected by device settings. Therefore, within the range of settings used in this study, robot-assisted training seems not to be a useful tool for aerobic training.

Volume 49 Number 10, 2012
   Pages 1537 — 1546


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Van Nunen MP, Gerrits KH, de Haan A, Janssen TW. Exercise intensity of robot-assisted walking versus overground walking in nonambulatory stroke patients. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(10):1537–46.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.12.0252
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