Automatically Triggered FES Rowing Device for SCI Patients With Motorized Return PUBLIC ACCESS

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Jinsoo Kim, Ciaran O’Neill, Kavya Pathak, Sai Shanthanand Rajagopal, Martina Moyne, Conor Walsh

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Glen Picard

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Cambridge, MA

J. Andrew Taylor

Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Paper No. DMD2018-6824, pp. V001T03A005; 5 pages
  • 2018 Design of Medical Devices Conference
  • 2018 Design of Medical Devices Conference
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, April 9–12, 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4078-8
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


A quarter of a million people in the United States are affected by spinal cord injury (SCI), which causes loss of sensation and muscle function. Improvements in clinical care have resulted in a lower risk of mortality from initial complications like bedsores or urosepsis, though patients are more susceptible to long term conditions like coronary heart disease [1], which is a leading cause of death for SCI patients [2]. Patients with SCI have sedentary lifestyles, decreased aerobic fitness, and limited levels of oxygen uptake, which contribute to increased rates of cardiovascular complications [2]. To mitigate these factors, SCI patients must perform vigorous aerobic exercise, which can be done through functional electrical stimulation (FES) [3].

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