Improved design of a gait rehabilitation robot

C. J. Stolle, C. A. Nelson, J. M. Burnfield, T. W. Buster

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Gait therapy is important to a person’s recovery following spinal cord or brain injury, stroke, lower extremity surgery, as well as with many chronic conditions (e.g., Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis). Although some affordable equipment for adult gait rehabilitation exists, such equipment for adaptive gait rehabilitation across the spectrum of pediatric sizes is not commercially available. This paper presents design improvements for a new pediatric gait rehabilitation machine intended to address this technology gap. The design is in the style of elliptical machines but is synthesized to emulate the normal kinematic demands of walking. It includes a 7-bar linkage for each foot, a chain/sprocket coupling for left/right synchronization, and motorized speed control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew Trends in Medical and Service Robots - Design, Analysis and Control
EditorsMichael Hofbaur, Manfred Husty
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783319599717
StatePublished - 2018
Event5th International Workshop on Medical and Service Robots, MeSRob 2016 - Graz, Austria
Duration: Jul 4 2016Jul 6 2016

Publication series

NameMechanisms and Machine Science
ISSN (Print)2211-0984
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0992


Other5th International Workshop on Medical and Service Robots, MeSRob 2016


  • Gait rehabilitation
  • Kinematic synthesis
  • Pediatric gait
  • Robotic rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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