Technologies and combination therapies for enhancing movement training for people with a disability

J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2012 Mar 30;9:17. doi: 10.1186/1743-0003-9-17.


There has been a dramatic increase over the last decade in research on technologies for enhancing movement training and exercise for people with a disability. This paper reviews some of the recent developments in this area, using examples from a National Science Foundation initiated study of mobility research projects in Europe to illustrate important themes and key directions for future research. This paper also reviews several recent studies aimed at combining movement training with plasticity or regeneration therapies, again drawing in part from European research examples. Such combination therapies will likely involve complex interactions with motor training that must be understood in order to achieve the goal of eliminating severe motor impairment.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy / trends*
  • Humans
  • Motion Therapy, Continuous Passive / trends*
  • Movement Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Robotics / trends*
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted / trends*