Bike opens fitness options for users with disabilities

Posted by MassYoutubeUploader on Jan. 30, 2010

No matter how physically limited a person might be, physical fitness continues to be the common denominator for longer, more fulfilling lives. Thanks to a generous gift from two local donors, the University of Alberta's Steadward Centre for Personal and Physical Achievement now boasts an impressive new piece of equipment that allows people with quadriplegia and paraplegia better access to such a life. The RT 300 Motorized Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Cycle Ergometer allows people who have lost the use of their legs to better access a technology designed to keep them fit. FES is a technique which applies electrical currents to paralyzed muscle through electrodes placed on the surface of the skin. This current delivers the necessary stimulation to illicit a muscle contraction with the purpose of providing useful movement so a person can exercise. We stimulate their muscles to pedal the bicycle against a resistance, said Bethany Steen, an FES consultant with the centre. Just as anyone would pedal on

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