New applications and Gait Offline Analysis Tool 4.1 update from Motek
- All new applications
- Improvements to the Gait Offline Analysis Tool
- A brand new therapy guide for the CAREN and GRAIL systems.
Gait labs of tomorrow
You may already be familiar with Motek’s white paper which features the advantages of treadmill-based gait analysis.
Did you know that Motek have also summarised the major benefits of both treadmill-based and new overground technologies in gait analysis and therapy?
This new video, called “gait labs of tomorrow“, gives a short overview of these advantages:
Gait Suite 3.2
The Gait Suite 3.2 includes four brand new applications:
- In the Split-belt Training application, the two treadmill belts move at a different speed. Such a training paradigm can be used to study motor learning and has the potential to improve gait asymmetries after stroke.
- The ability to recover from perturbations has become an increasingly popular paradigm in fall prevention research and training. The Perturbation Trainer application provides the opportunity to train recovery from unexpected trips, slips and platform perturbations in a distracting environment while being cognitively challenged.
- The ability to adapt our gait is challenged on a daily basis, with the Stepping Challenge application, subjects can train gait adaptability through multiple simple targeted stepping and obstacles avoidance tasks.
- Dance Creature Dance is an engaging gait adaptability training application which utilises belt projections to create a challenging environment with first person interaction.
In the Kite Flyer application, the player controls a kite that flies in the direction the player is pointing. The player must avoid enemy kites and collect targets. Additionally challenges of walking, sway and pitch perturbations, and weight-bearing feedback can be used to increase the difficulty of this task. Both a normal and time attack mode can add variety to the game. Kite Flyer was developed in collaboration with Maarten Prins from Military Rehabilitation Centre Aardenburg (MRC) in Doorn, the Netherlands.
The kite flyer requires a 3 marker pointer device. Though this is not provided with the application, with a little creativity you could make your own.
In Target Hit, the players need to hit different types of targets with the feet, knees, or hands. When using the feet or knees (without perturbations), the patient also needs to land their feet in a controlled manner to get a successful target hit. Points are awarded and a progress bar fills up after successfully hitting the target.
Gait Suite 3.2, Kite Flyer and Target Hit are available for free for all users with a Gait Suite included in their system. The installers can be requested through Motek’s support department. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not have a Gait Suite but would like to use the Gait Suite, please contact Motek’s Sales Support team via email@example.com.
Gait Offline Analysis Tool 4.1
Motek have also announced a new update to the Gait Offline Analysis Tool (GOAT) software. This latest update includes improved gait reporting functionality with more spatio-temporal parameters available. Customised reporting is now even easier by use of the tag system. Auto-filtering of valid strides when loading a new trial has been improved.
Reporting spatio-temporal parameters is important in gait analysis. The new gait report layouts come with extensive reporting of left and right leg spatio-temporal parameters. It is now easier than ever to modify your gait report. With tags it is possible to automatically add meta/subject data (such as subject name & diagnosis) and spatio-temporal values (such as step length & single support time) in the text using tags. A number of spatio-temporal parameters have been added, along with their standard deviation and coefficient of variance. Gait layout files can be modified to insert these tags in the file using square brackets.
Did you know, it is possible to add editable comment windows to the gait report? For a full list of tags and some tips on editing your layout file, you can use the GOAT Help and search for gait report layout. For more information see Editing a GOAT Layout File, or contact the Clinical Applications team for further questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The installer of GOAT 4.1 can be requested through Motek’s support department. Please contact them at email@example.com or by calling +31 20 301 3023 (Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:30 CET).
If you do not have a license for the Gait Offline Analysis Tool but would like to use it, please contact Motek’s Sales Support team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAREN and GRAIL Therapy Guide
The therapy guide aims to assist clinical users of the CAREN and GRAIL by providing more in-depth information about the Clinical Workflow which is taught during the initial training. In particular the guide explores the various assessments and training options of the CAREN and GRAIL system for clinical treatment and evaluation. Recommendations for Clinical Gait analysis (CGA) are provided along with a section providing background information for CGA. Please contact our Clinical Applications department via email@example.com to request a copy.