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Developing a set up for monitoring cycling performance of patients with CVA with an electric tricycle

Lukassen, C.M.A. (2020) Developing a set up for monitoring cycling performance of patients with CVA with an electric tricycle.

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Abstract:Physical activity is very important for both physical and mental health. For people with a chronic illness disability or other condition, it is harder to exercise because they are limited in doing so. People who had a Cerebrovascular accident (CVA) form a large group for whom physical activity is challenging. There are more and more technologies that make physical activity of patients with CVA easier, such as adapted bicycles with three wheels and electrical support. The Easy rider from Van Raam can contribute to rehabilitation because it offers the opportunity for patients with CVA to be physically active in daily life, outside the clinical setting. However, the challenge here was that the patient does not have enough insight into his cycling behaviour and therefore does not know whether it contributes to his health and improvement of the condition. This study aims to develop a set up for monitoring cycling performance of a patient with CVA with the use of an electric tricycle. The focus of this study was on the motor consequence of CVA, specifically the steering and braking behaviour of patients with CVA while cycling. The sensors used and tested for this were a hall effect sensor, a load cell sensor, and a pressure sensor. With the sensor system created during this study, it is possible to monitor cycling performance of patients with CVA. Still the system can and need to be further developed in order to be used by real patients with CVA in daily life.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:53 electrotechnology
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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