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Heart rate and oxygen demand of powered exoskeleton–assisted walking in persons with paraplegia

Pierre Asselin, MS, et al.

Many veterans with a spinal cord injury are unable to ambulate over ground, causing an extreme sedentary condition. Paralysis and loss of upright mobility is associated with secondary medical complications. People with paraplegia who are trained to use an exoskeleton-assisted walking device to ambulate over ground are likely to benefit because the energy cost observed during overground walking was increased from sitting and standing, but not to a level of intensity that would discourage regular use. Daily use of an exoskeleton-assisted walking device could support improvements in cardiovascular and body composition and as such reduce morbidity and mortality.

Volume 52 Number 2, 2015
   Pages 147 — 158

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Asselin P, Knezevic S, Kornfeld S, Cirnigliaro C, Agranova-Breyter I, Bauman WA, Spungen AM. Heart rate and oxygen demand of powered exoskeleton-assisted walking in persons with paraplegia. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015;52(2):147–58.
ResearcherID: Pierre Asselin, MS: D-2814-2015; Irina Agranova-Breyter, PT: D-3122-2015; William A. Bauman, MD: D-2871-2015; Steven Knezevic, MS: D-2821-2015; Christopher Cirnigliaro, MS: D-3708-2015; Stephen Kornfeld, DO: E-1315-2015

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