Enhancement of Quality of Life and Body Satisfaction Through the Use of Adapted Exercise Devices for Individuals With Spinal Cord InjuriesBy Semerjian, Tamar Z., PhD; Montague, Suzanne M.; Dominguez, Jesus F., PhD, PT; Davidian, Artin Mejy; de Leon, Ray D., PhD; Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 95-108
Publication Date: Fall 2005
Study conducted to assess the effects of adapted exercise devices on the quality of life and body satisfaction of individuals with spinal cord injuries. Twelve people with spinal cord injuries between the ages of eighteen and fifty-one participated in the study. Data obtained from interviews and field notes were employed to outline the participants’ experiences in an exercise training program using equipment adapted for their special needs. Four types of adapted exercise devices were used: (1) the Bowflex Versatrainer, which is a weight machine designed without the bench to allow users to wheel into the machine; (2) the Active-Passive Trainer from Tzora Active Systems, Limited, which is an arm and leg ergometer that allowed users to actively move through the joint range of motion when possible and could be used passively when a motor powered the movement; (3) the EasyStand 6000 Glider from Altimate Medical, which is a standing frame which passively moved users' legs as they actively moved their arms; and (4) the Body Weight Support System treadmill trainer from Robomedica, Incorporated, which supports the user’s body weight during treadmill ambulation. Participants also completed questionnaires on demographics, quality of life, and body satisfaction before and after the ten-week program. Analysis revealed that there were significant improvement in health and functioning, psychological, social and economic, and body functioning and attractiveness factors. Implications for future research are discussed.
Assistive Products Discussed: EASYSTAND 6000 GLIDER
ACTIVE/PASSIVE TRAINER (MODELS 5800 & 5805)
ACTIVE/PASSIVE TRAINER DELUXE (MODELS 5900 & 5905)
Published by: Thomas Land Publishers, Inc. (Website:http://www.thomasland.com)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J49704