What is the SMART ArmTM?

The SMART ArmTM is a non-robotic device that enables stroke survivors with upper limb weakness to drive recovery of their arm. The SMART ArmTM reduces the degrees of freedom to be controlled, provides a goal for movement, feedback on performance via an interactive computer program and incremental increases in load and reaching range. For stroke survivors with very severe weakness, it can also be used with outcome-triggered electrical stimulation to augment reaching through full-range.



Dr Ruth Barker James Cook University, Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local

Professor Richard Carson Trinity College Dublin

Dr Kate Hayward University of Queensland, James Cook University

Professor Sandra Brauer University of Queensland

Dr David Lloyd University of Queensland


Hayward KS, Barker RN, Brauer SG, Lloyd D, Horsley SA, Carson RG. SMART Arm with outcome-triggered electrical stimulation: A pilot randomised clinical trial. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, in press.

Barker RN, Brauer SG, Barry BK, Gill TJ, Carson RG. Training-induced modifications of corticospinal reactivity in severely affected stroke survivors. Experimental Brain Research, 221(2), 211-221.

Barker RN, Brauer SG, Carson RG. Training-induced changes in the pattern of triceps to biceps activation during reaching tasks after chronic and severe stroke. Experimental Brain Research, 196(4), 483-496.

Barker RN, Brauer SG, Carson RG. Training of reaching in stroke survivors with severe and chronic upper limb paresis using a novel nonrobotic device: A randomized clinical trial. Stroke, 39(6), 1800-1807.

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