The University of Miami is currently conducting research on the effects that cycling with functional electrical stimulation (FES cycling) has on people with spinal cord injury. The research team, led by Mark Nash, PhD, FACSM, and his student, David McMillan, is interested in how energy expenditure and fuel partitioning, as well as cardiac output, are affected by FES-cycling exercise performed on two different FES bikes: the MyoCycle and the RT300.
So far, the team has completed experiments with four men with various levels of spinal cord injury, and the results were recently presented during a poster session at the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) conference in Albuquerque. The full poster is presented below, but the concluding points are as follows:
These are still preliminary results, but there are three key take-away points:
The research team also collected some interesting cardiac output data from the study, but these results won’t be presented until the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual meeting at the end of the month.
MYOLYN is committed to supporting research into the benefits of FES for people with neurological disorders.
If you’d like to learn more about how the MyoCycle can help someone with paralysis to get a great workout, contact us.