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Overview of Tools of Rehabilitation Bioengineer

A.  Tools of the Clinical Rehabilitation Engineer (the "added value")

Biomechanics Prowess 

statics, solids, dynamics, tissue mechanics

Electronics/Mechatronics 

circuits, devices, sensors, motors, safety

Computer Proficiency (as user/prescriber)

human-computer interfaces

CAD and other computer-aided engineering tools

Anatomy/Physiology/Pathophysiology & Medical/Disability Terminology

Design Capabilities 

methodology ... teaming ... analysis/synthesis ... iterative process

B. Other Tools for Rehab BME's

Industry Sales,  Industry or Fed Lab R&D, Academic Research

C. Anatomy and Terminology

Musculoskeletal

Neuromotor, CNS

D. Common Disorders/Diseases

Musculoskeletal origins

Neurological origins

E.  Conceptual Framework for Neuromotor & Musculoskeletal Systems

"Biosystems" terminology

Overview of quasi-static & dynamic analysis of systems

Tissue properties and biomechanics

Muscle mechanics

Neuromotor "reflexes"

Feedforward & feedback control

Adaptive processes 

G. Examples of Engineering-Oriented Biomechanical Analysis for Rehab [Moved to Week 3]

Review of Biomechanical Problem-Solving Approaches

FBD's at joints (elbow, knee, neck)

Analysis of using a reacher

Standing with a prostheses or walker

Analysis of lifting and low back pain

Principles of contact pressure distribution in seating/positioning

H. Assignment for Week 2

 

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