Smart shirt system for compensatory movement retraining assistance: feasibility study

Peteris Eizentals, Alexei Katashev, Alexander Oks, Guna Semjonova

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Movement retraining has proven to be a reliable way of treating compensatory movement faults, however, it is time-consuming and requires a lot of attention from a physiotherapist. Reliable movement retraining assistance system could enable patients to perform retraining exercises at home, thus increasing the possible exercise performance frequentness and consequently hasten the improvement. This paper describes a smart shirt system for movement retraining assistance. The smart shirt system is based on textile stretch sensors that are positioned over the typical movement fault sites for movement detection and monitoring. The information from the textile stretch sensors is used as visual feedback by the wearer for movement corrections. To verify the feasibility of the retraining assistance system, it was tested with a set of compensatory movement tests and retraining exercises. Each exercise was performed in a correct and incorrect manner, and the sensor measurement was analyzed to confirm the difference in measured signals between both cases. In total 11 exercises were performed to cover all of the typical compensatory movement sites, and for each retraining exercise, at least one sensor was identified, whose measurement could be used as feedback for the particular exercise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-874
JournalHealth and Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • Smart shirt system
  • Compensatory movements
  • Smart textile
  • Movement retraining

Field of Science*

  • 2.6 Medical engineering
  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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