SPARTAN-ASSISTED GAIT TRAINING

A POWERFUL TOOL FOR ASSISTING SOMEONE WITH PARALYSIS TO TAKE STEPS.

THE SPARTAN OPENS THE DOOR TO GAIT TRAINING LIKE NEVER BEFORE.

We call it Spartan-Assisted Gait Training (SAGT). A Spartan 'operator' manipulates the device to help the 'trainee' move their legs with the correct form and speed. Elastic cables and cleverly-designed swinging arms further help to produce a natural stepping pattern, or "gait."

WHY GAIT TRAINING?
Gait Training in a rehab setting is one of the best ways to offer predictable improvements after neurological injury.
COMPARE THE SPARTAN
Assisted Gait training is not a new rehab intervention, but it used to be expensive and hard. The Spartan is different.

THE SPARTAN EDGE

SAGT offers clinicians and home trainers the ability to perform robotics-quality gait training at fraction of the price. The biggest benefits of the Spartan, however, are the changes it makes in the lives of its user. Take a look at some of its unique features that make it the best gait training tool available:

Simplified Training
The Spartan doesn't add time-waste or clutter. It comes on and off easily, can be used by a large portion of a clinic's patients population, and in most cases requires only one clinician or home operator. It is very easy to learn and troubleshoot, and can be used with many other common therapy tools (different walkers, knee cages, FES, etc.).
Precision Control
ABT demands well-formed activity patterns. The Spartan eliminates the clumsy, high effort manual gait training techniques or the unnatural gait patterns of orthotics (KAFOs). No more over-correction or proliferation of bad form. Instead, trainees get enhanced stepping quality and faster results. Control every major gait kinematic of the lower-limb (foot/ankle included).
Low Barrier to Entry
In the past, effective gait training wasn't really available to everyone. The Spartan doesn't require a ton of space or the huge expense of a robotic exoskeleton. Clinics and trainees can begin using the Spartan immediately for the chance to make real headway in recovery.

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SPARTAN ASSISTED GAIT TRAINING BEGINS IN THREE EASY STEPS

1
Choose a support system.
We find platform walkers on wheels tend to offer the best mix of support and mobility.
2
Don and calibrate the Spartan.
This involves strapping the cuffs on, choosing cables for the foot(if needed), and adjusting the device for the trainee's height.
3
Gait train.
The trainee manages weight shifts (if unable, bring in a third person to help) and the operator moves the Spartan. The operator should also observe gait form and give verbal cues, if needed.

SAGT Sample Training Protocol

Depending on stepping speed and rest times, this protocol produces up to 5000 full step cycles in 20 to 30 minutes.
Now the trainee is in a walker, the Spartan is strapped on and adjusted, and both people know how to do the SAGT dance. What can be expected?
Hundres of well-formed steps in a short time
  • 5-minutes set up
  • Support with a rolling platform walker or standard basic walker
  • 8 to 10 SAGT bouts, each consisting of 40-50 full step cycles
  • 1 to 2-mmminute resets between bouts

The Spartan maximizes the benefits of Assisted Gait Training

ABT principles demand that the activity has a controlled pattern of motion, and that many repetitions are done. These requirements are usually the reason that other gait training methods fail to meet the ABT standard. For more information about how Spartan-Assisted Gait Training (SAGT) compares to other common methods, check out our Comparing Gait Training Methods article.
The Spartan is the only tool needed to ensure that the pattern of activity in a trainee's legs is up to the AABT standard. If the trainee needs additional support for hip and trunk control (most do), other common tools are brought in, such as a walker or parallel bars. For more information about choosing the right support for SAGT, please watch this video.

START FROM WHERE YOU ARE

Whether you have suffered a spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons's, cerebral palsy, or any other neurological disorder, you can relate to the difficulties one faces with paralysis. The Spartan has been used for all of these conditions and more.
For many other gait training methods, the trainee needs a good deal of function (or compensation) to make it work. The Spartan has been used by individuals who are nearly independent ambulators,,, who just want to refine their form, as well as by individuals with tetraplegia and no function in their legs or core. So long as the trunk and hips can be managed, the legs are never a limitation for SAGT.
"Incorporating [the Spartan] definitely helped with my speed and my gait. Also when I'm doing other activities, like single leg stance, I could connect more with those stabilizing muscles."
SUSIE, SPINAL CORD INJURY
(L1, INCOMPLETE), 2014

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Before purchasing the Spartan, make sure you know What it Takes to Begin Using the Spartan , and have carefully read all of the Safety Information . If you have any questions or need support, we are here to help.