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Lycra sleeve compression and its physiological and biomechanical effects on the upper limb in healthy adults (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Kumar, P., Stokes, A., Barber, K., Hockey, H., Harris, B., Ho, J., …Diteesawat, R. (2023, December). Lycra sleeve compression and its physiological and biomechanical effects on the upper limb in healthy adults. Poster presented at UK Stroke Forum, Birmingham

Background Previous studies have shown beneficial effects of a Lycra arm sleeve in people with stroke (PwS), however, the mechanism of these effects is unclear. The aim was to investigate the effects of a Lycra arm sleeve on pressure, temperature,... Read More about Lycra sleeve compression and its physiological and biomechanical effects on the upper limb in healthy adults.

Enhancing self-directed upper-limb (UL) exercise practice using GripAble gaming device and Lycra arm sleeve in people with stroke (PwS): An evaluative study (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Pearce, A., Ruiz Garate, V., Welsby, J., Caleb-Solly, P., & Kumar, P. (2023, December). Enhancing self-directed upper-limb (UL) exercise practice using GripAble gaming device and Lycra arm sleeve in people with stroke (PwS): An evaluative study. Poster presented at UK Stroke Forum, Birmingham

Background: The national clinical guidelines recommend repetitive task training to enhance UL rehabilitation in PwS. GripAble™ (a self-directed exergaming device) has shown to increase repetitive practice in PwS. Previous studies have shown that a Ly... Read More about Enhancing self-directed upper-limb (UL) exercise practice using GripAble gaming device and Lycra arm sleeve in people with stroke (PwS): An evaluative study.

The-state-of-the-art of soft robotics to assist mobility: A review of physiotherapist and patient identified limitations of current lower-limb exoskeletons and the potential soft-robotic solutions (2023)
Journal Article
Morris, L., Diteesawat, R. S., Rahman, N., Turton, A., Cramp, M., & Rossiter, J. (2023). The-state-of-the-art of soft robotics to assist mobility: A review of physiotherapist and patient identified limitations of current lower-limb exoskeletons and the potential soft-robotic solutions. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 20(1), 18. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12984-022-01122-3

Background: Soft, wearable, powered exoskeletons are novel devices that may assist rehabilitation, allowing users to walk further or carry out activities of daily living. However, soft robotic exoskeletons, and the more commonly used rigid exoskeleto... Read More about The-state-of-the-art of soft robotics to assist mobility: A review of physiotherapist and patient identified limitations of current lower-limb exoskeletons and the potential soft-robotic solutions.

Within-day intrarater and interrater reliability of portable ultrasound measurements of supraspinatus muscle thickness in healthy people: A preliminary study (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Kumar, P., Gerrish, C., Millard, L., Matthews, R., Plater, A., Rajakaruna, K., & Cruziah, R. (2022, July). Within-day intrarater and interrater reliability of portable ultrasound measurements of supraspinatus muscle thickness in healthy people: A preliminary study. Poster presented at ACPIN International Conference, July 2022, London

Background: Glenohumeral subluxation (GHS) and hemiplegic shoulder pain (HSP) are common post-stroke complications reported in up to 81% and 65% of patients respectively. Rotator cuff muscle weakness, especially supraspinatus muscle inactivity is a p... Read More about Within-day intrarater and interrater reliability of portable ultrasound measurements of supraspinatus muscle thickness in healthy people: A preliminary study.

A practical workshop on hemiplegic shoulder pain, physical assessment and treatment strategies (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Kumar, P., Ashford, S., & Walsh, M. (2022, July). A practical workshop on hemiplegic shoulder pain, physical assessment and treatment strategies. Presented at ACPIN International Conference, London

Hemiplegic shoulder pain (HSP) is one of the four most common medical complications after a stroke alongside depression, falls urinary tract infections. HSP has a reported incidence of between 30% (acute) and 65% (chronic) in people with stroke. The... Read More about A practical workshop on hemiplegic shoulder pain, physical assessment and treatment strategies.

Empowering future care workforces: Scoping capabilities to leverage assistive robotics through co-design (2022)
Presentation / Conference
O'Donovan, C., & Kumar, P. (2022, July). Empowering future care workforces: Scoping capabilities to leverage assistive robotics through co-design. Presented at ACPIN International Conference, London July 2022, London

This project aims to understand what kind of capabilities care professionals need to use physically assistive robotics on their own terms, and in ways that are safe, trustworthy, and meet the legal and ethical standards of their profession. Empowerin... Read More about Empowering future care workforces: Scoping capabilities to leverage assistive robotics through co-design.

Role of assistive devices in rehabilitation of people with stroke (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Kumar, P. (2022, June). Role of assistive devices in rehabilitation of people with stroke. Presented at Assistive Tech workshop, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UWE

This presentation provides an overview on role of assistive devices - Lycra Arm sleeves/accelerometers/ GripAble Gaming Device for the rehabilitation of upper limb function in people with stroke. Of the 80% of people with stroke who lose upper-l... Read More about Role of assistive devices in rehabilitation of people with stroke.

Management of Parkinson’s using a Pilates programme (2014)
Journal Article
Sessa, S. (2014). Management of Parkinson’s using a Pilates programme. Syn’apse, Spring/Summer 2014(Spring/Summer 2014), Article 3

This case study provides an exploration of the clinical benefits of a Pilates exercise programme for the management of Parkinson’s. After initial physiotherapy assessment, a Pilates programme of weekly one-hour sessions over a period of ten months wa... Read More about Management of Parkinson’s using a Pilates programme.