Using smart clothing to improve movement

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Abstract

In Orthopedic surgery, our goal is to return people to better levels of musculoskeletal function. There are many areas where there is still room for improvement, including in identifying poor movement patterns and helping people correct those movement patterns. The University of Minnesota Wearable Technology Lab has developed a stitched, textile-based strain sensor that provides a variable resistance response when flexed or stretched. The sensor is fabricated using common industrial sewing techniques, and can be incorporated into regular athletic clothing. Prior work has assessed the ability of this sensor to reliably measure healthy knee flexion with accuracy comparable to standard electrogoniometry when integrated into tight-fitting leggings. Preliminary results have indicated the ability to detect more nuanced movements such as valgus knee flexion through strategic sensor placement. The impacts of this technology are the potential to benefit any person that needs analysis of their movement patterns. In particular, it would be targeting active individuals who are placing their bodies under the greatest stress and therefore are most at risk of injury. The goal would be to identify poor movement patterns and alter the individual’s movement prior to, or after, injury. This technology, however, could be easily expanded to deal with people working in manual labor jobs to identify repetitive movement patterns that place them at risk of overuse injury. It could also be applied to patients undergoing rehabilitation following surgeries that require mobility training as part of their rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUbiComp/ISWC 2019- - Adjunct Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1047-1049
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368698
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 9 2019
Event2019 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and 2019 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, UbiComp/ISWC 2019 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 9 2019Sep 13 2019

Publication series

NameUbiComp/ISWC 2019- - Adjunct Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers

Conference

Conference2019 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and 2019 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, UbiComp/ISWC 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period9/9/199/13/19

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Keywords

  • Movement pattern
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Smart garments

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Tompkins, M. (2019). Using smart clothing to improve movement. In UbiComp/ISWC 2019- - Adjunct Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (pp. 1047-1049). (UbiComp/ISWC 2019- - Adjunct Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3341162.3349576