Inertial sensors are being used broadly in gait analysis to asses gait symmetry and recovery from injury. In a new study, researchers have found that these sensors can be an invaluable instrument in assessing gait initiation in an Aquatic environment, specifically in patients suffering from an Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury. The routine estimation of these parameters during a therapy session can provide important information about different control strategies used in various environments.
An easy-to-implement technique utilizing four sensors was used to assess gait initiation during water therapy sessions. The routinely computed temporal and acceleration parameters can evaluate the execution of the motor task done in dry-land and water settings, providing vital information about alternative control techniques used in a different environment.