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Johnson Health Tech: Adaptive indoor rower for wheelchair users

Wheelchair accessible rowing ergometer

Design Award

  • Design Excellence Award Honorable Mention

Project Overview

Individuals with injuries or disabilities have trouble utilizing typical workout machines due to a lack of exercise equipment that is accessible for them. One affected group is individuals who require the use of a wheelchair. People require wheelchairs for a multitude of physical disabilities or injuries to the brain, spinal cord, or lower extremities. The majority of exercise machines are not designed for wheelchair use, and thus exercise options for wheelchair users are limited. In order to solve this issue, modifications need to be made to current manufactured machines. A standard Matrix rowing machine will be adapted to accommodate individuals who require the use of a wheelchair. The Adaptive Rower will secure the wheelchair into the rowing machine, preventing the user from tipping backward during the course of the workout. This modified design will increase the accessibility and ease of use of a rowing machine by individuals in wheelchairs and will help to improve their overall well-being through exercise.

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Sam Skirpan (BSAC), Josh Andreatta (Team Leader), Tim Tran (BWIG), Dhruv Biswas (BPAG), Cate Flynn (Communicator)
Sam Skirpan (BSAC), Josh Andreatta (Team Leader), Tim Tran (BWIG), Dhruv Biswas (BPAG), Cate Flynn (Communicator)

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Team Members

  • Josh Andreatta, BME 301 - Team Leader
  • Cate Flynn, BME 301 - Communicator
  • Samuel Skirpan, BME 301 - BSAC
  • Tim Tran, BME 301 - BWIG
  • Dhruv Biswas, BME 301 - BPAG

Advisor and Client

  • Dr. John Puccinelli - Advisor
  • Ms. Staci Quam - Client

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