PULSEracing

Having paraplegia causes various physical problems. In addition to being unable to walk and an overall restriction of mobility, people with spinal cord injury also face other issues such as disturbed blood circulation and a high risk of pressure ulcers.

20 Oct, 2021

PULSEracing

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Problem Description

Having paraplegia causes various physical problems. In addition to being unable to walk and an overall restriction of mobility, people with spinal cord injury also face other issues such as disturbed blood circulation and a high risk of pressure ulcers. This, of course, has negative consequences for the quality of life and personal well-being. Treatment with FES has a proven positive effect on the physical condition of people with paraplegia. The active movements initiated through FES have been shown to improve blood flow, reduce the occurrence of pressure ulcers and increase psychological well-being. The scientific underpinning of these beneficial effects have given us an incentive and encouraged us to participate in international FES Bike Races.

Product Description

PULSE Racing was established to further develop functional electrical stimulation (FES) for people with a spinal cord injury. Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is an innovative approach to treatment that uses short electrical currents in order to initiate muscle contractions, which in turn result in an actively controlled movement. The electrical currents are directed to the nerves via surface electrodes on the skin. By placing electrodes on different areas of the upper leg, the sequenced stimulation causes muscle contractions that induce recognizable movement patterns, for example the cycling movements while riding a bike. FES has a wide range of applications and can be used in patients suffering from muscle loss due to a large variety of causes such as paraplegia, stroke, or neurological diseases.

Specifications 

Length
160-180 cm
Width
77 – 79 cm
Height
90 -110 cm
Frame Material
Aluminium 7005 with anodised finish
Weight
19 Kg
Front Tire
16′′ Schwalbe Balloon Big Apple RaceGuard LiteSkin
Back Tires
20′′ Schwalbe Balloon Big Apple RaceGuard LiteSkin

20 Oct, 2021

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