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Effect of adjusting pulse durations of functional electrical stimulation cycling on energy expenditure and fatigue after spinal cord injury

Ashraf S. Gorgey, MPT, PhD, FACSM, et al.

Veterans with spinal cord injury are at a high risk of developing secondary chronic disorders. Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is an important tool in the rehabilitation and prevention of these secondary complications. Knowledge about adjusting the stimulation parameters may allow clinicians the opportunity to optimize exercise capacity during FES. The study showed that adjusting pulse duration to 350 ??s helps to increase the exercise energy expenditure and recovery oxygen consumption following exercise compared with pulse duration of 200 ??s. An acute bout of FES cycling results in a significant decline in knee extensor torque, which remains declined for 48 to 72 h.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.02.0054

Volume 51 Number 9, 2014
   Pages 1455 — 1468


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Gorgey AS, Poarch HJ, Dolbow DR, Castillo T, Gater DR. Effect of adjusting pulse durations of functional electrical stimulation cycling on energy expenditure and fatigue after spinal cord injury. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014; 51(9):1455???68.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.02.0054
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