RESEARCH PAPERS: Medical Devices and Sporting Equipment

Design and Testing of a Child’s Crutch with Conservative Energy Storage

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T. E. Shoup

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843

J. Mech. Des 102(4), 672-676 (Oct 01, 1980) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3254804 History: Received June 01, 1980; Online November 17, 2009


This paper describes the design of a new type of forearm crutch that features a conservative form of energy storage. Energy stored by the crutch during an early portion of the gait cycle is returned to the user later in the gait cycle. The results of experimental tests of the new crutch by children ages 7-12 years are presented, and evaluative conclusions are presented.

Copyright © 1980 by ASME
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