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Mobility-Enhancing Fall-Prevention Device for Physical Rehabilitation1

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Carl A. Nelson, Linxia Gu

Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Lincoln, NE 68588

Judith M. Burnfield

Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering,
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital,
Lincoln, NE 68506

Accepted and presented at the Design of Medical Devices Conference (DMD2014), Minneapolis, MN, April 7–10, 2014.DOI: 10.1115/1.4027029

Manuscript received February 21, 2014; final manuscript received March 3, 2014; published online April 28, 2014. Editor: Arthur G. Erdman.

J. Med. Devices 8(2), 020929 (Apr 28, 2014) (2 pages) Paper No: MED-14-1058; doi: 10.1115/1.4027029 History: Received February 21, 2014; Revised March 03, 2014

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References

AARP, 2005, “Enhancing Mobility Options for Older Americans,” accessed November 15, 2013, http://www.apta.com/resources/reportsandpublications/Documents/enhancing_options.pdf
U.S. News & World Report, 2009, “47,000 Elderly Hurt in Walker, Cane Mishaps Each Year,” accessed November 15, 2013, http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/bones-joints-and-muscles/articles/2009/06/29/47000-elderly-hurt-in-walker-cane-mishaps-each-year

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Load-triggered locking walker for improved mobility

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Locking brake assembly

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Angular dependence on force transmission (load threshold for locking adjustment)

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FEA of the critical points of stress in the braking mechanism

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