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Table 1 Training progression for experimental group receiving exoskeleton intervention

From: Exoskeleton for post-stroke recovery of ambulation (ExStRA): study protocol for a mixed-methods study investigating the efficacy and acceptance of an exoskeleton-based physical therapy program during stroke inpatient rehabilitation

Timing Exoskeleton training guidelines
Week 1 (i.e. First 3–4 exoskeleton sessions) - Require 30 min of upright time in exoskeleton, no set requirement for time in walking (expect approximately 10 min)
- Aim for at least 250 steps per session
- Familiarize with device, high assistance from therapist and robotics
Week 2 (i.e. 5th session and on) - Require 15 min of walking time, of 30 min of upright time
- Aim for 400 steps per session
- Begin reducing assistance from therapist and robotics
Week 3 (i.e. 10th session and on) - Require 20 min of walking time, of 30 min of upright time
- Aim for 550 steps per session
- Continue reducing assistance from therapist and robotics
Week 4 and beyond (i.e. beyond 15 sessions) - Require 25 min of walking time, of 30 min of upright time
- Aim for 700+ steps per session
- Minimal assistance from therapist and robotics