Muscle activity and coordination during robot-assisted walking with h2 exoskeleton

Antonio J. Del-Ama*, Guillermo Asín-Prieto, Elisa Piñuela-Martín, Soraya Pérez-Nombela, Vicente Lozano-Berrio, Diego Serrano-Muñóz, Fernando Trincado-Alonso, José González-Vargas, Ángel Gil-Agudo, Jose L Pons, Juan C. Moreno

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Abstract

Nowadays, exoskeletons have been introduced for empowering walking in military, industrial and rehabilitation settings. Several companies are commercializing these devices, but there is a lack of understanding of their effects on muscle activations and coordination. The objective of this article is to investigate the impact on muscle activation and user effort during ambulatory, robotic-assisted walking. Compared with free walking, our results suggest that robotic assistance with the Exo-H2 lower limb exoskeleton may result in increased muscle activation. Muscular timing experienced unspecific changes with respect to unassisted walking. Further research is needed to unveil the mechanical interaction between the robot and the lower limbs and the underlying motor adaptations in response to robot-assisted walking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiosystems and Biorobotics
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages349-353
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameBiosystems and Biorobotics
Volume15
ISSN (Print)2195-3562
ISSN (Electronic)2195-3570

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence

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