ZIM - TheraTrain

Project Title TheraTrain: Development of a sensor-based gait therapy device with an intelligently controlled auxiliary drive for individual relearning of walking movements
Acronym TheraTrain
Status running
Project Start 01.03.2022
End of the Project 31.07.2024
Sports no affiliation to sports
Field of Research Biomechanics
Overall Research Goals Health
Project Leader Kati
Funding Öffentlich
Cooperation Partners Dr. Berndsen Medical, Peuker, ADZ Nagano
Contact Kati, Christian, ...
Project Team Kati, Christian

Cranial-brain trauma or strokes can trigger severe neurological damage to the brain. Potential consequences include paralysis, gait and balance disorders - the communication between the brain and the musculoskeletal system is disrupted. Thanks to neuroplastic regeneration, walking ergonomically again can be trained with rehabilitation measures. The aim of the TheraTrain project is a new gait therapy device for people with restricted mobility. Based on a new sensor concept, the actuators of the device are only activated as required. This enables the device to carry out a physiological movement cycle with individual, minimal support while avoiding faulty movement patterns. In addition, a VR environment promotes training success through visual stimuli.


In the TheraTrain project, we apply multibody simulation to evaluate the individual fitness state of a patient in real-time. This information is used to control the amount of support provided by the machine.