Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Assistive Technology in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation: From Wheelchairs to Robotics

when 6 July 2015 - 17 July 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 895

This course it intended for students and recent graduates in physiotherapy and related fields interested in technology. Students get an introduction in the world of assistive technology (AT) and its potential to support patients as well as therapists. The focus in this summer course will be on AT to support mobility and ambulation, motor learning in rehabilitation, activity monitoring and e-rehabilitation, home adaptations and sports.

In this course “From wheelchairs to robotics: assistive technology in physiotherapy and rehabilitation” students and recent graduates in physiotherapy and related (para)medic fields like cesar kinetics therapy, occupational therapy and nursing will get an introduction to the potential of assistive technology (AT) to support patients and therapists. Some examples of the fields included in this course are:

Mobility and ambulation
From special bicycles to wheelchairs to crutches, from prosthetics to wearable neuromuscular stimulators: technology can help patients to move around more efficiently and independently.

Motor learning
Rehabilitation is all about motor learning. Games and virtual reality environments provide new possibilities in rehabilition, help therapists work more efficiently and give extra motivation to patients.

E-rehabilitation and patient monitoring
Technologies like accelerometers enable therapists to asses a patient’s activity level and gait pattern from a distance.

Domotics and home adaptations
With smart adaptations to their homes, patients can live more independently and safely.

Technology can help people with a disability participate in sports for fitness, competition and fun!

You will follow an intensive program and get lectures from Dutch and foreign experts. During the Summer Course you will visit some health institutes and suppliers of AT in The Netherlands. Furthermore you will learn about ethical aspects, regulations, and financial aspects related to AT.

Course leader

Martijn de Groot

Target group

Students (2nd year and higher) and recent graduates in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, cesar kinetics therapy and nursing.

Course aim

- To communicate in English within a professional context.
- To get introduced to the possibilities of Assistive Technology
- To be aware of ethical, financial and legal aspects related to
- To experience the use of AT

Credits info

5 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 895: Course + course materials + housing

Students from a partner university can get a discount of €100 on the course fee. Please contact the course leader for further information.

Will you attend a course on Healthcare or Life Science? As a student of Utrecht Summer School, you'll receive a 30% discount on all courses of Elevate Health, the online academy founded by Utrecht University and University Medical Center Utrecht. Elevate offers a broad curriculum of interactive online courses in the field of medical and veterinary sciences. After confirmation and payment of your Summer School course, you'll automatically receive your personal discount code to enroll in your Elevate course. Please visit the Elevate website to see the complete course overview.
EUR 555: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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