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Cycle Training Using Implanted Neural Prostheses: Team Cleveland

John McDaniel, Lisa M. Lombardo, Kevin M. Foglyano, Paul D. Marasco, Ronald J. Triolo
  • John McDaniel
    Advanced Platform Technology Center, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; Exercise Science Program, Kent State University, Kent, OH, United States | jmcdani5@kent.edu
  • Lisa M. Lombardo
    Advanced Platform Technology Center, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, United States
  • Kevin M. Foglyano
    Advanced Platform Technology Center, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, United States
  • Paul D. Marasco
    Advanced Platform Technology Center, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; Laboratory for Bionic Integration, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, United States
  • Ronald J. Triolo
    Advanced Platform Technology Center, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, United States

Abstract

Recently our laboratory team focused on training five individuals with complete spinal cord injuries for an overground FES bike race in the 2016 Cybathlon held in Zurich Switzerland. A unique advantage team Cleveland had over other teams was the use of implanted pulse generators that provide more selective activation of muscles compared to standard surface stimulation. The advancements in muscle strength and endurance and ultimately cycling power our pilots made during this training period helped propel our competing pilot to win gold at the Cybathlon and allowed our pilots to ride their bikes outside within their communities. Such positive outcomes has encouraged us to further explore more widespread use of FES overground cycling as a rehabilitative tool for those with spinal cord injuries. This review will describes our approach to this race including information on the pilots, stimulation strategy, bike details and training program.

Keywords

Spinal cord injury; Cybathlon; functional electrical stimulation; cycling; exercise

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Submitted: 2017-09-21 02:39:04
Published: 2017-12-06 10:26:59
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