AquAbilitation: ‘Virtual Interactive Space’ (VIS) with Buoyancy Therapeutic Movement Training

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Therapeutic (re)habilitation intervention within aquatic environments to advantage buoyancy aided movement-training using ‘Virtual Reality’ technologies indicated potentials and next-level challenges through Proof-of-Concept (PoC)
‘beyond-simulation model’ testing. Beyond the buoyancy aspect is a concept built on evidence from field work where profoundly disabled participants after a pool visit exhibited greater awakeness and engagement within intervention. The study builds upon the author’s prior research to empower, motivate and engage interactions to supplement traditional (re)habilitation approaches. Testing took place in a contextspecific location with a human subject. Therapists and special pool staff attended and evaluated positively to potentials. This chapter shares the concept, set-up and workin-progress toward realising next-level research funded consortia to question and address challenges found to date with a goal of advancing the field of (re)habilitation through AquAbilitation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Advances in Technologies for Inclusive Well-Being : Virtual Patients, Gamification and Simulation
EditorsAnthony Brooks, Sheryl Brahman, Bill Kapralos, Amy Nakajima, Jane Tyerman, Lakhmi C. Jain
Number of pages25
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-59607-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-59608-8
Publication statusPublished - 2021
SeriesIntelligent Systems Reference Library


  • Aquatic Rehabilitation
  • Disabled
  • Healthcare
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Movement-training
  • Virtual Interactive Space (VIS)
  • Virtual Reality


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