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
Volume 52 Number 2, 2015
Pages 147 — 158
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