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A Wearable System to Monitor Tai Chi Practice

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Paolo Bonato, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2012
Last updated: January 3, 2017
Last verified: January 2017
The goal of this research study is to show that features derived from data gathered using SHIMMER wearable sensor platform can capture adherence and proficiency in the performance of exercises that are part of Tai Chi interventions.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: A Wearable System to Monitor Tai Chi Practice

Further study details as provided by Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Biomarkers of adherence and proficiency [ Time Frame: 1 day ]
    Data gathered using SHIMMER devices will be segmented to derive signal features. These features will be then used to feed a pattern recognition algorithm the output of which indicates whether a specific Tai Chi movement of interest has been performed.

Estimated Enrollment: 24
Study Start Date: July 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2017
Primary Completion Date: May 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Tai Chi
Healthy Tai Chi practitioners


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Healthy Tai Chi practitioners in a wide range of proficiency

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Young style Tai Chi practitioners

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any movement impairment that will impede Tai Chi movements performance
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01687023

United States, Massachusetts
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02129
Sponsors and Collaborators
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  More Information

Responsible Party: Paolo Bonato, Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Identifier: NCT01687023     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2011-P-001597
Study First Received: September 13, 2012
Last Updated: January 3, 2017

Keywords provided by Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital:
Tai Chi
Wearable sensors
Movement processed this record on April 28, 2017