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Special Issue "Wearable Systems in Physical Rehabilitation: Opportunities and Challenges"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Annick Timmermans
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Guest Editor
Hasselt University, REVAL—Rehabilitation Research Center, Hasselt, Belgium
Interests: rehabilitation; movement registration; feedback; virtual reality; serious gaming
Prof. Dr. Benedicte Vanwanseele
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Department of Movement Sciences, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Interests: musculoskeletal loading during sport and exercise; monitoring of load and quality of movement
Dr. Liesbet De Baets
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Hasselt University, REVAL - Rehabilitation Research Center, Hasselt, Belgium
Interests: musculoskeletal rehabilitation; movement registration;virtual reality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Thanks to recent technological advances, wearable technologies have opened up new exciting opportunities for rehabilitation. Wearable devices enable the continuous monitoring of posture, movement quantity and quality outside the movement laboratory, and the monitoring of vital signs which can be used as diagnostic tools for the evaluation of cardiorespiratory conditions. Such applications offer, on their own or in combined use, an interesting starting point for individualised rehabilitation interventions; as well as a monitoring tool for patient progress during rehabilitation. They can also enable augmented feedback during motor training or in combination with monitoring applications, offering a basis for blended care and telerehabilitation. They, however, also come with their own challenges, such as their reliability, validity and feasibility within clinical contexts and clinical populations, and the challenging interpretability of the data to effectively inform clinical practice.

This Special Issue aims to explore the opportunities and challenges regarding the application of sensor technologies for the detection, prevention and management of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiovascular problems in a physical rehabilitation context.

Contributions that address but are not restricted to the following topics are welcome:

  • Wearable sensors;
  • Reliability and validity of sensor-based measurements;
  • Sensor-based feedback on motor performance;
  • Sensor-based measurement of therapy adherence;
  • Smart clothing/textiles technologies for rehabilitation purposes;
  • Smart-phone applications for patient monitoring in rehabilitaton context;
  • Patient activity monitoring;
  • Pervasive and unobstructive patient monitoring solutions;
  • Sensor-based telerehabilitation;
  • Monitoring of physical condition of persons through lifespan;
  • Body sensors networks;
  • The integration of multiple sensors information.

Submitted papers should present novel contributions. Relevant systematic and/or topical reviews are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Annick Timmermans
Prof. Dr. Benedicte Vanwanseele
Dr. Liesbet De Baets
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • wearable sensors
  • rehabilitation
  • movement registration
  • feedback
  • monitoring
  • detection
  • prevention
  • cardiovascular
  • musculoskeletal
  • neurological

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