Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals

Madonna ICARE by SportsArt

October 18, 2016

The Madonna ICARE (Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitation Elliptical) by SportsArt is a patented trainer created at by Madonna researchers through funding by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Approximately five years before the general community had access to the ICARE, caregivers at Madonna were using the technology to improve walking and endurance of patients recovering from strokes, incomplete spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The trainer is now in use in settings throughout the United States, Canada and Australia.

Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering Director Judith Burnfield, Ph.D., said it is especially rewarding “seeing a patient’s face light up when they feel their body walking for the first time in a long time.” Individuals across the world are using the ICARE and experiencing benefits, and clinicians are no longer wearing out their shoulders, backs and wrists trying to help their clients regain their ability to walk, she added.

The team at SportsArt said working with Madonna on the ICARE has been a tremendous partnership.

“We’ve been able to work closely together on the development of the technology as well as how we communicate and market the ICARE across the world. It’s a true mutually-beneficial partnership, and this technology could not have been born without both sides’ passion and contributions over the years,” said Jason Yormark, SportsArt’s director of marketing.

Additional Technology at Madonna

New computer access technology for individuals with minimal movement — includes head-tracking technology, safe laser-pointing devices and new approaches to eye tracking that enable patients to communicate via computer with caregivers and family

Ekso GT Robotic Exoskeleton — a wearable bionic suit that helps patients re-learn how to walk

Lokomat — robot-assisted walking therapy for adults and children (Madonna has the only children’s Lokomat in the region.)

RT300 Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycle — low-level electrical impulses cause coordinated muscle contractions, resulting in smooth and natural pedaling powered by the patients’ leg muscles