NewGait: A Low-Cost Rehabilitation System to Improve Post-Stroke Gait

Despite significant advancements in post-stroke medical treatments and rehabilitation interventions, more than half of stroke survivors cannot walk independently in the community. Current rehabilitation devices aimed at restoring walking function are either large and unaffordable or ineffective in improving walking function, creat-ing a significant unmet need for a portable, affordable, and effective gait mobility/rehabilitation device. In this Phase-I STTR, Elite Athlete Products will incorporate stroke-specific modifications to the current NewGait de-vice based on end-users’ feedback and biomechanical simulations and rigorously test this device against com-petitors’ products to make evidence-based gait training strategies accessible to all stroke survivors.

External Collaborators

Wayne State University
Dr. Edward P. Washabaugh

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The project is funded by NIH grant R41-HD111289, “NewGait: A Low-Cost Rehabilitation System to Improve Post-Stroke Gait.” The mission of NICHD is “to lead research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all.”

Feasibility of using the NewGait assistive device for correcting gait deviations in individuals with various neurological disorders: Case study

Authors: Ksenia I Ustinova, Joseph E Langenderfer


Purpose: Impaired gait is one of the earliest, most devastating, and long-lasting symptoms associated with neurological disorders. This study tested the feasibility of wearing the NewGait rehabilitative device in individuals with gait impairments due to the most common neurological disorders.


Methods: Seven participants with gait impairments due to strokes, Multiple Sclerosis, peripheral neuropathies, Cerebral Palsy (CP) and Parkinson’s Disease (PD) were included in the study. Their walking with and without wearing the NewGait was analyzed and compared using the Vicon T160 system for motion analysis. Gait velocity, step length, foot clearance, lateral displacement of the Center of Mass, gait deviation and symmetry indexes were compared using two standard deviation band method for each participant.


Results: Participants subjectively assessed the NewGait as a comfortable device to wear and showed immediate gait improvements to varying degrees. Most improvements were observed in participants with muscle weakness due to peripheral neuropathies, stroke, MS, and CP. These participants improved their foot clearance, gait velocity, and step length. Participants with cerebellar stroke and PD increased their gait stability. All participants demonstrated a reduction in composite gait deviation indexes. Not all gait parameters, though, showed immediate changes.


Conclusion: The results suggest that the NewGait rehabilitative device is feasible and useful for correcting gait impairments caused by neurological deficits. Participants may need to wear this device for longer periods of time in order to achieve long lasting changes in the gait pattern, rather than an immediate correction.


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Trial of NewGait™ to Improve Gait and Sit-to-Stand Mechanics in an Older Adult Following Total Joint Replacements: A Case Report

Authors: Kathleen M. Tooman, PT, Jozie Weiler, PT, DPT, Cathy A. Larson, PT, PhD


BACKGROUND: Joint replacements following years of osteoarthritis create disruptions in functional activities that are challenging to modify. The purpose of this case report was to describe the use and efficacy of the NewGait™, a device that is designed to facilitate, stabilize, and inhibit muscles used during functional activities such as walking and sit to stand, for a person with bilateral hip and knee replacements.


CASE PRESENTATION: This 69-year-old male participant had previously received physical therapy interventions after multiple surgeries. Residual impairments and functional deficits remained 5 years postoperatively including slow, unsteady gait and functional activity limitations. NewGait™ was used as a sole treatment for 10 sessions.


OUTCOMES: Goals to improve safety and speed in sit to stand and gait, as well as the ability to get in/out of cars and on/off a bike, were achieved.


DISCUSSION: Further exploration as to the efficacy of the NewGait™ to alter gait and function is warranted. JOSPT Cases 2023;3(1):43–52. Epub: 4 November 2022. doi:10.2519/josptcases.2022.11282


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Trial of the NewGait to Alter Running Mechanics in a High School Athlete: A Case Report

Authors: Kathleen Tooman, PT, Jozie Weiler, PT, DPT


Background/Purpose: Running is a complex skill requiring synchronization of neural centers, joints, and muscles. The athlete in this study presented with poor dynamic ankle function, running mechanics, and chronic pain. Physical therapy interventions had been successful but not sustainable since the age of 10. The purpose of this case report was to determine if the use of NewGait could improve running mechanics in a high school athlete. 


Methods: NewGaitTM was used for 8 visits. Standardized tests and 2D videos were done on first and last visits. 


Clinical Findings: The athlete had no complaints of pain by last visit. All standardized test scores showed improvement, and 2D videos demonstrated significant changes in ankle and running mechanics. Improvements were sustained at one year follow-up appointment. 


Conclusion: NewGait was successful in altering running and jump mechanics. 


Clinical Relevance: NewGait may be a reasonably priced, easy to use clinical tool to alter ankle and running mechanics.


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While the NewGait is an innovative device aimed at making therapy easier and more effective for clinicians and improving patient quality of life, it’s mechanistic principals are not new. Elastic band training has been in use for decades and dozens if not hundreds of research studies point to it’s effectiveness. The NewGait has enabled an easier and more effective application of that technology. Below are just a few studies attesting to the effectiveness of elastic resistance training.

Restoring Mobility To A Paraplegic Using The NewGait

A Case Report

The purpose of this case report was to describe how the NewGait was used during spinal cord rehab to help an incomplete paraplegic become a functional ambulator


The purpose of this case report was to describe how the NewGait was used during spinal cord rehab to help an incomplete paraplegic become a functional ambulator


Within three treatment sessions, patient was able to start walking on the treadmill both forward and backward without upper extremity support while wearing the NewGait.


One month after the NewGait was initiated, the patient started running while wearing it. This was a huge milestone as she was told she would never run again. Three weeks later, she ran a 12-minute mile.

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“The NewGait may have provided enhanced, simultaneous feedback to mechanoreceptors and proprioceptors of the core and limb, initiating change in neuro motor sequencing and development of new motor plans.”

"The NewGait upper body harness appeared to assist with erect posture and support, while discouraging previous upper body motor control patterns. This may have encouraged the lower body motor plans to dominate walking, running and jumping."

“The patient had profound, lasting results in ankle and hip motion control, and the patient’s running style was dramatically changed. She was able to functionally activate the gastrocnemius for jumping and heel/toe gait pattern during push off."

Clinical Study On NewGait Effectiveness In Patients With Multiple Sclerosis

A Case Report

The purpose of this case report was to describe how the NewGait was used during spinal cord rehab to help an incomplete paraplegic become a functional ambulator

Faster Walking Speed 21 %


Participants increased their walking speed enough to characterize them as independent in activities of daily living.”

Improved Step Length 25 %


All 12 participants became more symmetrical in their gait, as specified by step length.”

Less Percieved Effort 27 %


Participants were able to walk faster with less effort.”

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Walking Speed Improved 10 Minutes Per Mile Using NewGait - Rodney Rodgers

User Recorded Data

After being hit by a hit-and run-driver, Rodney had to learn how to walk again. He was introduced to the NewGait after a lengthy recovery. Rodney recorded the time it took him to walk 2.25 miles every morning for two months while wearing the NewGait. See the incredible improvements and his story below.`1q

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