User-centred design approach for hydrotherapy wetsuit

Fred HAN, Kristina SHIN, Hung Kay 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. Copyright © 2015 The Textile Institute and Informa UK Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-22
JournalInternational Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education
Issue number1
Early online dateNov 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2016


Han, F., Shin, K., & Chow, D. (2016). User-centred design approach for hydrotherapy wetsuit. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 9(1), 16-22.


  • Aquatic exercise
  • User-operated
  • Adaptive
  • Wetsuit
  • Health care


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