Report from the workshop presenting the results of the project “Development of Innovative Training Contents Based on the Applicability of Virtual Reality in the Field of Stroke Rehabilitation” (Brain4Train), Katowice, 11.06.2019
On June 11, 2019 from 9 am to 1.30 pm in room 120 (Katowice, Mikołowska 72) at Academy of Physical Education of J. Kukuczka in Katowice a workshop presenting the results of the project „Development of Innovative Training Contents Based on the Applicability of Virtual Reality in the Field of Stroke Rehabilitation” was taken place.
The organizer of the workshop was the Silesian University of Technology and the patronage over the event was the Rector of the Academy of Physical Education of J. Kukuczka in Katowice.
Dr inż. Joanna Bartnicka – the Head of the international Brain4Train project and dr hab. n.k.f. Andrzej Myśliwiec, prof. AWF – Vice-Dean for Student Affairs of the Faculty of Physiotherapy at the University of Physical Education of J. Kukuczka in Katowice opened a workshop and welcomed all the participants.
The substantive part of the workshop consisted of three essential panels and a discussion panel.
As a part of the first substantive panel, two lectures were presented by specialists in the field of rehabilitation, namely by dr hab. n.k.f. Andrzej Myśliwiec, prof. AWF, who provided a lecture on the needs of seeking solutions in the rehabilitation of neurological patients using biomedical engineering and by dr hab. Tomasz Wolny, who in his speech discussed modern methods for proceedings with a neurological patient.
The second panel was devoted to provide the workshop participants with knowledge of the content contained in the developed, professional course titled “Training on Biomechanics and Virtual Reality in the field of StrokeRehabilitation e-learning” and with the possibilities and rules of participating in the full, free version of the course. The presentation on these topics was delivered by dr inż. Joanna Bartnicka who is responsible for the project coordination.
In the further part of the workshop, the third substantive panel took place, during which the participants had the opportunity to listen two interesting lectures provided by specialists from the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering of the Silesian University of Technology. The first lecture on the application of frequency analysis in the assessment of balance in the conditions of sensory conflict implemented in VR was given by dr hab. eng. Jacek Jurkojć, prof. PŚ, while the second lecture was presented by dr inż. Piotr Wodarski and was devoted to the subject of virtual reality in health care.
After the end of the lecture there was a discussion panel, moderated by dr hab. n.k.f. Andrzej Myśliwiec, prof. AWF. During the discussions, the participants of the workshop could ask questions to the lectures they listened to, as well as the opportunity to exchange views, experiences and insights regarding supporting the rehabilitation of patients after cerebrovascular events with the use of virtual reality technology. It can be clearly stated that the discussion was educational for both participants and organizers. In addition, the workshop was a cognitively interesting event and maintained a high level of science and the content.
90 people participated in the workshop, including 30 foreign participants. The participants of the workshop were mainly students of physiotherapy, physiotherapists and lecturers teaching physiotherapy. The participation in the workshop was free from charge.
After the workshop, a panel of experts was held, chaired by dr inż. Joanna Bartnicka. The debate was attended by rehabilitation specialists, representatives of local government units, representatives of the academic community from Poland and abroad who, sharing their experience and the effects of many years of practice, contributed to the fact that the conclusions reached were included in the project’s materials.
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