The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR Award No. 90IF0060, formerly NIDRR Award No. H133G130274 - Principal Investigator: J.M. Burnfield, Ph.D., P.T.)

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

Burnfield JM, Cesar G, Buster TW, Irons SL, Nelson CA (2017). Kinematic and muscle demand similarities between motor-assisted elliptical training and walking: Implications for pediatric gait rehabilitation. Gait & Posture, 51:194-200. DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2016.10.018.

Burnfield JM, Irons SL, Cesar GM, Buster TW, Khot R, Nelson CA (2016). Pedi-ICARE training improves walking and endurance of child with cerebral palsy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(12):e19-e20.   

Burnfield JM, Terryberry-Spohr L, Tran J. Affordable Motor-assisted Elliptical Training to Improve Physical, Cognitive, Psychosocial and Health Outcomes Across Rehabilitation Continuum [75-minute Symposium]. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) 93rd Annual Conference: Progress in Rehabilitation Research. Chicago, IL, November 2, 2016.   

Irons SL, Burnfield JM, Buster TW, Karkowski-Schelar E, Johns E (2016). Individuals with multiple sclerosis improved walking endurance and decreased fatigue following motor-assisted elliptical training intervention. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(10):e34.      

Burnfield JM, Buster TW, Irons SL, Cesar GM, Nelson CA, Rech NR, Nichols EM (2016). Pediatric walking vs. training on prototype motor-assisted elliptical: Kinematic comparison at self-selected comfortable speed. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(10):e99.  

Burnfield JM, Buster TW, Irons SL, Rech N, Cesar GM, Pfeifer CM, Nelson CA (2016). Pediatric Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitation Elliptical for Walking and Fitness: Prototype Development and Biomedical Analysis [Abstract]. RESNA/NCART (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America/National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology) 2016 annual convention, July 10-14, Arlington, VA.

Pfeifer CM, Burnfield JM, Kota S, Buster TW, Irons SL, Rowen DA, Nelson CA (2016). Positive Reinforcement System Design for Therapeutic Devices [Abstract]. RESNA/NCART (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America/National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology) 2016 annual convention, July 10-14, Arlington, VA.

Pfeifer CM, Burnfield JM, Kota S, Buster TW, Irons SL, Sulski C, Nelson CA (2016). Design of a Custom Heart-Rate Control System for the Pediatric Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitation Elliptical [Abstract]. RESNA/NCART (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America/National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology) 2016 annual convention, July 10-14, Arlington, VA.

Burnfield JM, Buster TW, Irons SL, Rech N, Cesar GM, Pfeifer CM, Nelson CA (2016). Pediatric Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitation Elliptical for Walking and Fitness: Prototype Development and Biomedical Analysis [Abstract]. To be presented at RESNA/NCART (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America/National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology) 2016 annual convention, July 10-14, Arlington, VA.

Pfeifer CM, Burnfield JM, Kota S, Buster TW, Irons SL, Rowen DA, Nelson CA (2016). Positive Reinforcement System Design for Therapeutic Devices [Abstract]. To be presented at RESNA/NCART (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America/National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology) 2016 annual convention, July 10-14, Arlington, VA.

Pfeifer CM, Burnfield JM, Kota S, Buster TW, Irons SL, Sulski C, Nelson CA (2016). Design of a Custom Heart-Rate Control System for the Pediatric Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitation Elliptical [Abstract]. To be presented at RESNA/NCART (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America/National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology) 2016 annual convention, July 10-14, Arlington, VA.

Buster TW, Burnfield JM, Irons SL, Nelson CA, Trejo LH, Leutzinger TJ (2016). Pediatric walking vs. training on a prototype motor-assisted elliptical: Kinematic and EMG comparisons at self-selected fast speeds [Abstract]. Conference proceedings, 2016 Annual Meeting Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society. Memphis, TN, May 17-20, 2016.

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