User-centred design approach for hydrotherapy wetsuit

Fred Han, Woo Kyung Shin, Daniel Chow

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This paper describes a user-centred design approach to hydrotherapy wetsuit prototype development for people with limited mobility. Current hydrotherapy devices are not versatile enough to meet the varied rehabilitation needs and it usually requires the involvement of at least two helpers. This makes the hydrotherapy less cost-effective amongst other physical therapies and thus less desirable to public healthcare providers. Therefore, the project aims to design a hydrotherapy wetsuit that would reduce the hydrotherapy cost while improving the patient's quality of life. With close user involvement throughout the development process, a user-operated adaptive hydrotherapy wetsuit is designed and tested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-22
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016


  • Aquatic exercise
  • health care
  • useroperated: adaptive
  • wetsuit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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