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The road to Cybathlon 2016 - Functional electrical stimulation cycling Team IRPT/SPZ

Marco Laubacher, Efe Anil Aksöz, Ines Bersch, Kenneth James Hunt
  • Marco Laubacher
    Institute for Rehabilitation and Performance Technology, Division of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Engineering and Information Technology, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Burgdorf; Sensory Motor Systems Lab, ETH Zurich, Zürich, Switzerland | lhm5@bfh.ch
  • Efe Anil Aksöz
    Institute for Rehabilitation and Performance Technology, Division of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Engineering and Information Technology, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Burgdorf; Sensory Motor Systems Lab, ETH Zurich, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Ines Bersch
    Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil, Switzerland
  • Kenneth James Hunt
    Institute for Rehabilitation and Performance Technology, Division of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Engineering and Information Technology, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Burgdorf, Switzerland

Abstract

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) provides a good possibility to activate paralysed muscles and it has been shown to elicit substantial physiological and health benefits. For successful application of FES, a perfect symbiosis of the bike and the pilot has to be achieved. The road to the Cybathlon 2016 describes the different pieces needed for FES cycling in spinal cord injury. The systematic optimisation of the stimulation parameters and the Cybatrike, and sophisticated training contributed to the team’s success as the fastest surface-electrode team in the competition.

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Functional electrical stimulation, recumbent cycling, spinal cord injury, Cybathlon

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Submitted: 2017-09-20 22:14:26
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