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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29613

Title: Generating Reliable and Predictable Lower-Limb Torque Vectors using Functional Electrical Stimulation
Authors: Sanin, Egor
Advisor: Popovic, Milos R.
Department: Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Keywords: Functional Electrical Stimulation
Standing Balance
Issue Date: 25-Aug-2011
Abstract: Recovery of the ability to maintain balance during standing is one of the primary and essential goals of rehabilitation programs for individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Regaining functionality during standing by means of a neuroprosthesis would decrease secondary complications and increase independence, and would consequently improve the quality of life of these individuals. However, the development of a standing neuro- prosthesis requires techniques to generate reliable and predictable torque vectors in the lower limbs. We proposed and tested a method based on surface Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and the idea that three independent muscles can form a basis that would span the joint torque vector space. We tested the proposed stimulation technique on the quadriceps muscles that produce knee extension. The results of this study suggest that the quadriceps muscle basis vectors are insufficient to cover the knee joint vector space.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29613
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