Paralinks: Worlds Wheelchair Culture  
February 2003

Paralinks is impressed with the work being done at HERL and encourage you to spend some time at their web site, 
Human Engineering Research Laboratories Below are items of interest that will give you an idea of what you will find.

Seating Laboratory: In the Seating Laboratory studies are conducted to investigate the impact of wheelchairs and seating systems on the risk of secondary conditions such as pressure sore development. A pressure mapping system is used to measure baseline force, peak force and force distribution at the body-seat interface. This system is used to collect dynamic force distributions during wheelchair propulsion.

Biomechanics and Neuromotor Control Laboratory: This laboratory concentrates on the fundamentals of improving the interaction between people, technology, and the environment especially as it relates to disability and impairment.  Areas of research include ergonomics, upper extremity pain among wheelchair users, and assessment of function for control of rehabilitation technology.  

Biomechanics and Neuromotor Control Laboratory: This laboratory concentrates on the fundamentals of improving the interaction between people, technology, and the environment especially as it relates to disability and impairment.  Areas of research include ergonomics, upper extremity pain among wheelchair users, and assessment of function for control of rehabilitation technology.  

Human Engineering Laboratory:

The Human Engineering Laboratory is used to design new assistive devices and to develop techniques to work collaboratively with industry, government, and academic partners on assistive technology development and clinical trials. The lab contains equipment used to measure mechanical and electromechanical variables, as well as software for modeling.

 

 

 

 

22nd Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games Cleveland, OH 2002
 

Several HERL investigators, clinicians, and students traveled to Cleveland to attend the 2002 National Veterans Wheelchair Games.  The studies include two from the previous year: 1) Application of a Commercial Datalogger to Electric Powered Wheelchairs for Rehabilitation Research, 2) Using Feedback from Veterans to Aid in Research Direction and a new study Kinetic Analysis of Wheelchair Propulsion of Various Surfaces and Slopes. 

About 80 athletes participated in HERL research studies at the games. Dr. Cooper also competed and won four gold medals in the Mastersí divisions of the slalom event and the 100, 800, and 1500 meter track events. He also competed in the Handcycling event using an armcycle he built with HERL Technical Staff Bill Ammer, John Duncan, Emily Zipfel and Mark McCartney, and students Beth Kaminski, Lam Mays, Jeremy Puhlman & Eliana Chaves.

Greetings Paralinks readers! My name is Christine Heiner  the editor of the "HERL Quarterly Newsletter", One of the major goals of the newsletter is to disseminate the results of our research to as many people as possible, especially people with disabilities who use wheelchairs and assistive technology. Currently, we publish articles from our newsletter in the magazine "Paraplegia News" and "The Parascope", the newsletter from the Keystone chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. We would like to continue to widen scope of our readership in order to reach people from all over the United States. HERL enthusiastically encourages you to publish material from our newsletter. Thank you so much for your continued support! -Christine M. Heiner:  heinercm@pitt.edu  

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