Lecture 2

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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


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


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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