Title

Portable Shoulder Rehabilitation Device

Lead Author Major

Bioengineering

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Huihui Xu

Faculty Mentor Department

Bioengineering

Abstract/Artist Statement

Shoulder injuries are the most common injuries for overhead throwing sports. In sports where the shoulder is used in a repetitive motion, such as baseball, waterpolo, etc. there is a greater than 50% chance of a shoulder injury occurring during an athlete's playing career. Prevention and rehabilitation techniques for these types of injuries have been a hot topic for athletes from the professional to little league level. The problem that athletes are facing with the current devices are their portability, functionality, and ergonomics. To remedy these problems a selfpropelled, ball shaped device was created for rehabilitation and general strengthening use. The intensity of the vibration of the ball dictates the amount of resistance the user must provide; thus, allowing for users from post surgery to healthy to use this device effectively. Utilizing electromyography (EMG) testing on specific parts of the shoulder this device shows comparable muscular activation to current devices on the market. This device will change the way that shoulder rehabilitation, strengthening, and conditioning will be done. Athletes will be able to easily transport this device and use them without the assistance of a trainer or teammate, making this device a more portable, functional, and ergonomic version of any device on the current market.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

7-5-2020 2:30 PM

End Date

7-5-2020 4:00 PM

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Portable Shoulder Rehabilitation Device

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Shoulder injuries are the most common injuries for overhead throwing sports. In sports where the shoulder is used in a repetitive motion, such as baseball, waterpolo, etc. there is a greater than 50% chance of a shoulder injury occurring during an athlete's playing career. Prevention and rehabilitation techniques for these types of injuries have been a hot topic for athletes from the professional to little league level. The problem that athletes are facing with the current devices are their portability, functionality, and ergonomics. To remedy these problems a selfpropelled, ball shaped device was created for rehabilitation and general strengthening use. The intensity of the vibration of the ball dictates the amount of resistance the user must provide; thus, allowing for users from post surgery to healthy to use this device effectively. Utilizing electromyography (EMG) testing on specific parts of the shoulder this device shows comparable muscular activation to current devices on the market. This device will change the way that shoulder rehabilitation, strengthening, and conditioning will be done. Athletes will be able to easily transport this device and use them without the assistance of a trainer or teammate, making this device a more portable, functional, and ergonomic version of any device on the current market.