Hope Network Rehab Services’ Chris Hausbeck, PT, DPT and Central Michigan University are conducting a research project to help individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
They have developed a virtual reality (VR) game–based telerehabilitation program to improve functional movements and balance. They want to test it with individuals who have sustained a TBI.
We would like to invite you to participate in the study if:
- You are 45 years of age or younger and have experienced a TBI.
- You have problems with coordinating movement, balance, and gait.
- You are medically stable, without pain, and do not have any other orthopedic, visual, neurologic or mental health problems that would limit participation (besides TBI).
- You can stand and walk independently without an assistive device.
In the study, if you are assigned to the game group, you will play the games designed for 15 sessions over consecutive weeks at a time convenient for you. You will do this at home or in a lab at CMU. In the games you will see yourself in a virtual environment doing things like standing and rocking on a boat, riding a skateboard and avoiding obstacles in a street, reaching for and “catching” virtual objects like bubbles, and copying movements of an onscreen model. You will be supervised in person at CMU, and monitored on-line via Skype by a teletherapist if you do home practice. Each gaming session will last about 45-50 min, including preparation, playing games, and rest if needed.
An incentive of $40 per session at home and $60 per session at CMU will be provided.
If you are interested, please contact: