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Getting a grip on stairs: Investigating the ease of stair navigation with single or double handrail support 1 edition

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Susan M. Gorski

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Getting a grip on stairs: Investigating the ease of stair navigation with single or double handrail support.

Published 2005 .
Written in English.

About the Book

Stairs present a major obstacle to individuals with mobility limitations. Compared to level walking, steps require greater forces to be generated in the legs. Modification of handrails to a tandem double rail system could alleviate this barrier by minimizing the effort of the legs in stair walking; however this needed to be established through an effective testing procedure. An instrumented handrail was designed with a series of load cells. In combination with an imaging system, a scale for perceived exertion and disability measures, the usefulness of handrails could be assessed. Trials of the protocol completed with four younger and two older subjects validated the testing procedure and illustrated the promise of double handrails. Joint angles, generated forces and perceived effort results suggested the potential for the rails to minimize effort. Using the demonstrated protocol in a boarder study will establish the double handrail system as an effective assistive technology.

Edition Notes

Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-02, page: 0957.

Thesis (M.H.Sc.)--University of Toronto, 2005.

Electronic version licensed for access by U. of T. users.

ROBARTS MICROTEXT copy on microfiche.

The Physical Object

Pagination
161 leaves.
Number of pages
161

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL19216151M
ISBN 10
0494071028

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