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Garment-Based Body-Weight Support Harness

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Project TitleGarment-Based Body-Weight Support Harness
Track Code2017-051
Short Description

TECHNOLOGY DESCRIPTION:

Faculty at the University of Delaware developed a rehabilitation harness that ultimately mimics real-world conditions in order to minimize transition complication between treadmill and over ground walking as well as weighted and unweighted walking. The harness is connected to an overhead lifting system and consists of a load cell, that is programmed to actively offload the desired percentage of body weight, along with retroreflective markers to track motion. This garment-based harness was designed with such materials that are comfortable and meant for long term sessions.

STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT: 

Two prototypes have been developed.

APPLICATIONS:

This novel harness is intended for gait-training and rehabilitation in a clinical and/or private setting. The technology may also have applications for research and recreational purposes.

PROBLEMS ADDRESSED:

In the United States alone, nearly 800,000 people suffer from a stroke and about 185,000 people need lower limb amputations yearly. Traumatic neurological injuries and amputations often lead to clinical rehabilitation in order to relearn how to walk and move limbs. The body harnesses needed for this rehabilitation process and body-weight supported treadmill training are not ideal in the fact that they are typically uncomfortable and often restrict certain body movements. Faculty at the University of Delaware have designed a harness that is made of soft fabrics and lifts from the body’s center of mass. This ultimately optimizes the rehabilitation success by allowing for a more natural progression in recovery.

AbstractNone
 
Tagsgarment, gait, gait-training, rehabilitation, harness
 
Posted DateAug 11, 2017 1:11 PM

Benefits

  • Garment-based, more comfortable than current support harnesses on the market
  • Facilitates natural gait and movement
  • Comfortable harness may be worn longer- optimizes rehabilitation success
  • Provides support from the garment itself rather than rigid straps
  • Improves overall patient success rates

Uses/Users

Inquiry

Denise Bierlein

Licensing Analyst

Telephone:  302-831-4005

Email:  techtransfer@udel.edu

Intellectual Property

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
Patent Pending None Provisional United States