Rehabilitation of Post-COVID Patients: A Virtual Reality Home-Based Intervention Including Cardio-Respiratory Fitness Training

Vera Colombo, Marta Mondellini, Giovanni Tauro, Giovanna Palumbo, Mauro Rossini, Emilia Biffi, Roberta Nossa, Alessia Fumagalli, Emilia Ambrosini, Alessandra Pedrocchi, Franco Molteni, Daniele Colombo, Gianluigi Reni, Marco Sacco, Sara Arlati

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The post-COVID syndrome is emerging as a new chronic condition, characterized by symptoms of breathlessness, fatigue, and decline of neurocognitive functions. Rehabilitation programs that include physical training seem to be beneficial to reduce such symptoms and improve patients’ quality of life. Given this, and considering the limitations imposed by the pandemic on rehabilitation services, it emerged the need to integrate telerehabilitation programs into clinical practice. Some telerehabilitation solutions, also based on virtual reality (VR), are available in the market. Still, they mainly focus on rehabilitation of upper limbs, balance, and cognitive training, while exercises like cycling or walking are usually not considered. The presented work aims to fill this gap by integrating a VR application to provide cardio-respiratory fitness training to post-COVID patients in an existing telerehabilitation platform. The ARTEDIA application allows patients to perform a cycling exercise and a concurrent cognitive task. Patients can cycle in a virtual park while performing a “go/no-go” task by selecting only specific targets appearing along the way. The difficulty of the practice can be adjusted by the therapists, while the physiological response is continuously monitored through wearable sensors to ensure safety. The application has been integrated into the VRRS system by Khymeia. In the next months, a study to assess the feasibility of a complete telerehabilitation program based on physical and cognitive training will take place. Such a program will combine the existing VRRS exercises and the cardio-respiratory fitness exercise provided by the ARTEDIA application. Feasibility, acceptance, and usability will be assessed from both the patients’ and the therapists’ sides.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Numero di pagine15
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2022
Pubblicato esternamente
Evento1st International Conference on eXtended Reality, XR SALENTO 2022 - Lecce, Italy
Durata: 6 lug 20228 lug 2022

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Convegno1st International Conference on eXtended Reality, XR SALENTO 2022
CittàLecce, Italy


  • Chronic diseases
  • Physical exercise
  • Virtual reality
  • Telerehabilitation
  • Post-COVID syndrome


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