Faculty Advisor

Gary McCall

Area of Study

Science and Mathematics

Publication Date

Summer 2012


Partial bodyweight support devices have applications in clinical rehabilitation, sports medicine, and have been further used as ground-based models to simulate microgravity. In the context of sports medicine and exercise science, bodyweight support devices lower the weight of the individual which in turn reduces the forces acting on the musculoskeletal system. This allows individuals that are recovering from a lower body injury/ surgical procedure to recover faster and maintain physical fitness. There are, however, some limitations concerning the use of body weight support equipment. In order to accomplish an appropriate training stimulus, the relationship between the metabolic cost of locomotion and various speeds and extent of bodyweight support (BWS) must be determined and validated. For the following study six apparently healthy college students were recruited for the study.Both velocity and bodyweight support were significant predictors of metabolic cost and all of the responses were considered physiological.


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