Influence of body weight support systems on the abnormal gait kinematic

Van Thuc Tran, Kota Sasaki, Shin Ichiroh Yamamoto

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In recent years, the BodyWeight Support system has been considered to be an indispensable component in gait training systems, which be used to improve the ability to walk of hemiplegic, stroke, and spinal cord injury patients. Previous studies investigated the influence of the Body Weight Support system on gait parameters were based on the implementation with healthy subjects or patients with high assistance. Consequently, the influences of the BodyWeight Support systems on gait rehabilitation in clinical practice are still unclear and need further investigation. In this study, we investigated the effects of the two BodyWeight Support systems, the active body weight support system and the Counter Weight system, on an abnormal gait, which was generated by restriction of the right knee joint and 3 kg-weight on the right ankle joint. Both Body Weight Support systems improve the gait parameters of the abnormal gait such as the center of mass, the center of pressure, margin of stability, and step parameters. The active BodyWeight Support system with the unloading force modulation showed more advanced and better behavior in comparison with the Counter Weight system. The results suggested the applicability of two Body Weight Support systems in clinical practice as a recovered gait intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4685
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul 1


  • Abnormal gait
  • Body Weight Support System
  • Center of mass
  • Gait cycle
  • Rehabilitation
  • Wide-based gait

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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