Development of a low-cost EMG biofeedback device kit as an educational tool for physical therapy students

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Author(s)

    • Suzuki Risa
    • Graduate School of Human Sciences, Waseda University: 2-579-15 Mikajima, Tokorozawa city, Saitama 359-1192, Japan|Department of Health Science, Tokoha University, Japan
    • Muraoka Yoshihiro
    • Graduate School of Human Sciences, Waseda University: 2-579-15 Mikajima, Tokorozawa city, Saitama 359-1192, Japan|Department of Clinical Research, National Hospital Organization Murayama Medical Center, Japan
    • Okazaki Shuntaro
    • Graduate School of Human Sciences, Waseda University: 2-579-15 Mikajima, Tokorozawa city, Saitama 359-1192, Japan|Department of Clinical Research, National Hospital Organization Murayama Medical Center, Japan

Abstract

<p>[Purpose] Electromyography biofeedback therapy is applied to various diseases during physical therapy for motor learning. Our aim was to develop a low-cost electromyography biofeedback device kit that students could build by themselves in class and to evaluate whether this kit was an adequate educational tool for physical therapy students. [Subjects and Methods] This study included 34 volunteers from a 3 year physical therapy vocational school and a 4 year university course. All students were tasked with: 1) completing a pre-questionnaire; 2) attending basic lectures on electromyography biofeedback therapy and how to build the device; 3) building the device; and 4) completing a post-questionnaire. [Results] Mean time required to build the device was 50.8 ± 34.1 minutes for the vocational course students and 27.4 ± 8.8 minutes for university students. For both groups, there was a significant increase in the number of students stating "have an interest in," "be involved with," and "have knowledge of electromyography biofeedback" when pre- and post-questionnaires were compared. In the post questionnaire, the frequency of the "knowledge increased" response was higher. [Conclusion] Physical therapy students can easily build our new device in a classroom, and this kit is a useful educational tool to motivate learning in electromyography biofeedback.</p>

Journal

  • Journal of Physical Therapy Science

    Journal of Physical Therapy Science 29(9), 1522-1526, 2017

    The Society of Physical Therapy Science

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130006078006
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • ISSN
    0915-5287
  • Data Source
    J-STAGE 
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