optimizing self-exercise scheduling in motor stroke using Challenge Point Framework theory

IEEE Int Conf Rehabil Robot. 2019 Jun;2019:435-440. doi: 10.1109/ICORR.2019.8779497.


An important challenge for technology-assisted self-led rehabilitation is how to automate appropriate schedules of exercise that are responsive to patients' needs, and optimal for learning. While random scheduling has been found to be superior for long-term learning relative to fixed scheduling (Contextual Interference), this method is limited by not adequately accounting for task difficulty, or skill acquisition during training. One method that combines contextual interference with adaptation of the challenge to the skill-level of the player is Challenge Point Framework (CPF) theory. In this pilot study we test whether self-led motor training based upon CPF scheduling achieves faster learning than deterministic, fixed scheduling. Training was implemented in a mobile gaming device adapted for arm disability, allowing for grip and wrist exercises. We tested 11 healthy volunteers and 12 hemiplegic stroke patients in a single-blinded no crossover controlled randomized trial. Results suggest that patients training with CPF-based adaption performed better than those training with fixed conditions. This was not seen for healthy volunteers whose performance was close to ceiling. Further data collection is required to determine the significance of the results.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Exercise Therapy* / instrumentation
  • Exercise Therapy* / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Stroke Rehabilitation* / instrumentation
  • Stroke Rehabilitation* / methods
  • Stroke* / physiopathology
  • Stroke* / therapy
  • Wrist / physiopathology*