Z 10/26-10/27 C-Star: Wearable Sensors in Rehabilitation: Tracking for the Future

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Description: This course will explore basic principles of using wearable sensors to effectively measure biometrics such as muscle health, movement, and vital signs in a rehabilitation population. First, we will review how common wearable sensors work and what they measure.  Next, we will explore 3 research/clinical applications where wearable sensors were actively employed using IMU or EMG features. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to discuss potential approaches to using wearable devices to answer their own clinical or research questions with our esteemed faculty and peers.

Successful Completion:
In order to receive contact hours, daily sign-in and completion of an online evaluation are required. Participants will attend live online lectures that provide a foundation for the online interactive sessions.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common wearable sensors (EMG, Goniometers, IMU and Accelerometers) that can help answer rehabilitation research and clinical question/s.
  • Recall considerations surrounding common wearable sensors such as placement, type, interface and software elements.
  • Discuss approaches to overcome the challenges in measuring data from patients in the lab, clinic, and community settings.
  • Develop strategies for comparing technologies prior to selection.
  • Identify pros and cons of technologies prior to implementation.
  • Outline commercially available wearable sensor technology to evaluate when to use it, and how to collaborate with commercial entities to do so.

Audience: Engineers, Data Scientists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Physicians


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Illinois State Medical Society and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago DBA Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Illinois State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physical Therapy
This online course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 10.0 contact Hours.

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 10.0 Contact Hours.

Occupational Therapy

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 02703. This distance learning – independent and interactive webinar is offered at 1.0 CEUs [intermediate, OT service delivery/ Professional Issues]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Speech-Language Pathology

This course is offered for up to 1.00 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Related area)

Faculty Disclosures
All faculty disclosures can be found here:
ASHA: https://ricacademy.sharefile.com/d-s5a2535b9ea854ff3bcfb6736de20502e


Technology Requirements

To participate, you will need the following:

  • Access to a computer with an Internet connection. High-speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.
  • Phone
  • Internet connection
  • Web browser: Latest stable version of Apple Safari, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox
  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Speaker or headset to listen to audio files and participate in conference calls
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge, as they are not supported.



Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Researchers Scientists Speech Language Pathologists


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