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A strategy used by paraplegics to stand up using FES.

Donaldson, N; Yu, C; (1998) A strategy used by paraplegics to stand up using FES. IEEE Trans Rehabil Eng , 6 (2) pp. 162-167.

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Abstract

Many paraplegics can stand up if their leg extensor muscles are stimulated without feedback to the stimulator-controller. Their neurologically-intact upper bodies control the motion by exerting forces through the arms. To develop stimulator-controllers, we wish to understand the strategy they use. In two subjects, we measured the handle forces and the posture during standing up. Plotted so as to relate the handle forces to the leg joints, the results show that the upper body helps extend the knees and then the hips: a strategy we call quick knee-locking. This may keep the upper body forces within the limits of its strength.

Type: Article
Title: A strategy used by paraplegics to stand up using FES.
Location: United States
Keywords: Electric Stimulation Therapy, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Muscle, Skeletal, Paraplegia, Posture
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Med Phys and Biomedical Eng
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/86206
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