Implementing rehabilitation tools of REPAIRS in commercial rehabilitation videogames

Host Institution: Euleria Health

Supervisors involved: Dr. Tacconi, Dr. Farella, Prof. dr. Bongers

Project description

The focus of this project is to train the ESR to develop a rehabilitation training module from a systems perspective. In this project i) the current training games of Riablo®, a medical device manufactured by COREHAB (movement-controlled videogames) will be expanded with typical knowledge from REPAIRS and ii) one of the games as developed in REPAIRS will be integrated in Riablo itself. First, joint angle variability measures will be computed within ‘Riablo’, a current training tool of COREHAB. It will be established how information about joint angle variability should be fed back to the user in the videogame to be most effective. This is a pioneering performance measure to give feedback about in rehabilitation. Second, the current movement-controlled videogames give feedback about variability of performance using traditional variability measures. Innovative variability measures, such as RQA, will be implemented in a training game to prevent risk of falling to determine how this should be implemented to be optimally effective. Third, the training tool as developed by ESR12, where joint-action is employed to improve postural stability, will be integrated in the Riablo training tool and tested for its effectiveness after ACL injury and risk of fall prevention. In doing so, this ESR will integrate different levels of study (i.e., muscles and joints and social) and combine this with innovative performance measures (i.e., RQA) to improve rehabilitation from a systems perspective.

About ESR14-Alessandro Bonfiglio

I come from Italy and I live in Trento, Italy. I have an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College London and the topic of my thesis was estimating muscle forces in competitive rowers. I chose to pursue a PhD because of the great challenge that it provides and because I am passionate about the contribution that my research can make to this world.

In my free time I love training at the gym to prepare for my Powerlifting competitions and I have begun taking Latin-American dance courses.