Wheelchair-Mounted Exercise Equipment for Paraplegics
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According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) there are over 276,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the United States, and 41% of these injuries are classified as paraplegia. Since most paraplegics cannot walk, a greater demand is placed on the arms to propel a wheelchair for mobility. There is a need for lightweight, portable exercise equipment that can be used by paraplegics to maintain range of motion and improve blood flow in the legs as well as build and maintain core and rotator cuff strength to prevent falls and shoulder injuries. Most current exercise equipment designed for paraplegics consumes a large amount of space in the home and is not portable which limits when and where it is used.