Electronically controlled long leg brace

Steven E. Irby, Kenton R. Kaufman, David H. Sutherland

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Long leg braces are prescribed for those incapable of ambulation due to quadriceps insufficiency or paralysis. These designs lock the knee joint and require the user to adopt an unnatural and energy inefficient gait. A self-contained, electronically controlled brace system has been designed and tested which allows knee flexion during the swing phase of gait, but restricts flexion during the stance, or weight-bearing, phase. Laboratory test results comparing this new brace system and a standard locked Knee-Ankle-Foot-Orthosis show that knee flexion/extension kinematics are improved and that oxygen consumption rates are reduced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 15th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference - Dayton, OH, USA
Duration: Mar 29 1996Mar 31 1996


OtherProceedings of the 1996 15th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference
CityDayton, OH, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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