SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

April 21, 2015 15:30 ET

New bike helps paralyzed patients cycle again

$35,000 bike in Faculty of Kinesiology available for public use

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - April 21, 2015) - University of Calgary Active Living, will be unveiling the installation of a new functional electrical stimulation (FES) bicycle in the Thrive Centre, located in the Faculty of Kinesiology. The $35,000 bicycle is being made available for public use thanks to the combined efforts of the Amanda Project, Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, the Faculty of Kinesiology, the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a generous grant from the Calgary Health Trust.

The FES bike provides surface electrical stimulation through the skin, stimulating the muscles in a coordinated fashion that simulates a cycling motion. The device is a vital therapeutic tool designed to help people with a variety of conditions including spinal cord injury, stroke and multiple sclerosis.

WHAT: Media availability, unveiling Calgary's newest FES bike, available for public use.

WHEN: Wednesday April 22, 2015, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Faculty of Kinesiology THRIVE Centre, located in the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre. (See attached map for directions)

WHO: Amanda Timm; Sit-ski athlete, (Nordic combined); Dr. Chester Ho, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.'

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact

    Donald McSwiney
    Director of Communications, Faculty of Kinesiology  
    403.220.7652
    403.852.7652
    don.mcswiney@ucalgary.ca