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Development of mobile pipe support for people with affected locomotor system

Grant number: 11/08846-0
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: September 01, 2011 - February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal Investigator:Valeria Meirelles Carril Elui
Grantee:Valeria Meirelles Carril Elui
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto (FMRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Carlos Alberto Fortulan ; Danielle Aline Barata Assad

Abstract

The movement from sitting to standing (ST-DP) is to generate a moment of inertia and other vertical horizontal, with anterior displacement of the center of mass of the body into the support surface, creating an impetus toward the horizontal axis, by rotating the trunk toward the hip and leg segments toward the ankle. Finalization occurs with the deceleration of body segments, changing the direction of displacement of body mass for the vertical axis, with the extension of the hip, knee and ankle to achieve the standing position. This movement may be hampered by rheumatic diseases, orthopedic and neurological disorders, and their own aging, and affect the locomotor system. Objective: To design and develop a mobile pipe support, which does not require structural modification of households, with the task of promoting the independence and security to individuals in the ST-DP movement. Methods: Based on the design methodology will be split into four stages: recognition of the need (a questionnaire with closed questions and an essay from the target population for use of the bar), specification (testing specifications necessary for the bar); concept (project preparation and design of the vertical bar) and the consequent production of prototypes, ending with the validation of prototypes through the test bench by researchers in an attempt to improve the prototype. Results: It is expected that the project methodology meets successfully the development of the bar, helping independent and safe to perform the ST-DP movement and vice versa, and contributing to occupational performance in the autonomy of users. (AU)