Development of a Pediatric Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitation Elliptical (Pedi-ICARE) Training System to Promote Walking and Fitness in Children with Physical Limitations

Funding Agency:The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR Award No. H133G130274 - Principal Investigator: J.M. Burnfield, P.T., Ph.D.)

Project Description: Improving walking ability and physical fitness are central goals for many children with physical disabilities and their parents. Unfortunately, many lack access to effective and affordable training technology that simultaneously targets the muscles and motions required for walking while also promoting cardiovascular fitness. The overall goal of this project is to develop the Pedi-ICARE trainer and therapeutic intervention, an affordable tool that can be used in healthcare and other community settings to help children (3 to 12 years of age) with physical disabilities and special health care needs improve/retain their walking and cardiovascular function. The goal is to create a less labor intensive and more affordable option for helping children with acquired and developmental disabilities and special health care needs engage in effective gait and therapeutic exercise programs in healthcare settings, schools and homes to optimize health, function, participation, quality of life, and independence.

Relevant Publications and Presentations

  • Nelson C, Stolle CJ, Burnfield JM, Buster TW. Modification of the Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitation Elliptical (ICARE) System for Pediatric Therapy. ASME. J. Med. Devices. 2015;():. doi:10.1115/1.4030276.
  • Trejo LH, Buster TW, Stolle CJ, Nelson CA, Burnfield JM (2014). Influence of rocker and crank arm lengths on Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitation Elliptical (ICARE) coupler trajectories. Proceedings, Midwest BME Career Conference. p. 31

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