Gait analysis for designing a new assistive knee brace
journal contributionposted on 19.05.2016, 13:59 by Hongtao Guo, Aaron See-Long Hung, Wei-Hsin Liao, Daniel Fong, Kai-Ming Chan
Assistive knee brace is a species of wearable lower extremity exoskeletons. In this research, an assistive knee brace was developed by integrating a multifunctional actuator with a custom-made knee-ankle-foot orthosis. In the study, the location of the actuator is moved up to the lateral side of the hip, instead of knee joint. Waist belt and shoulder belt are appended on the knee brace. This paper aimed to improve the design of the assistive knee braces through gait analysis. By walking with the knee braces, the spatial and temporal gait parameters, joint kinematics and joint kinetics parameters were evaluated, and the changes from normal walking were compared as well. The experimental results showed that walking with the developed knee brace provided minimal hindrance to the wearer. © 2011 IEEE.
The work described in this paper was supported by a grant from the Innovation and Technology Commission of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (Project No. ITS/308/09).
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences