MORE | Spring 2021

Modulating Gait Symmetric Adaptation via Split-Belt Treadmill Distortion and Explicit Visual Feedback Distortion and Evaluating the Aftereffects of Adapted Step Length Symmetry

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Following neurological disease or injury, such as stroke, it is common for patients to lose functionality and coordination of their lower limbs. Rehabilitation techniques, such as gait training, are widely used in the clinical setting to help patients rebuild their ability to walk independently and efficiently. Previously published studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of split-belt treadmill training and implicit visual distortion on gait modulation, measured by gait symmetric adaptation. The present study aims to develop a more robust gait modulation technique that combines elements of both split-belt treadmill speed modulation and visual distortion to achieve a greater combined effect.

Student researcher

Emily Christine Tanner

Biomedical engineering

Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2021