Dr. Angela Ridgel of Kent State University developed and tested SMART (Speed Manipulated Adaptive Rehabilitation Therapy) cycling. Her team developed a computerized model for use in a SMART controller mounted on the chassis of a stationary motorized bike. This controller used biomechanical data from the rider to adjust bike operation automatically to alter cadence, power, and heart rate during cycling and across sessions. Dr. Ridgel and colleagues also measured the impact of the SMART controller by monitoring motor function and quality of life of people living with Parkinson’s over 12 exercise sessions in 40 participants.
- Dr. Angela Ridgel, Associate Professor, Exercise Physiology, Kent State University
- Dr. Kenneth Loparo, Case Western University
- Dr. Fred Discenzo, Rockwell Automation (retired)
- Dr. Aasef Shaikh, University Hospitals and Cleveland VA Medical Center
Dynamic High-Cadence Cycling Improves Motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease
Test and Validation of a Smart Exercise Bike for Motor Rehabilitation in Individuals With Parkinson’s Disease
RESULTS: Body Mass Index and Exercise Effort Influences Changes in Motor Symptoms After High-Cadence Dynamic Cycling in Parkinson’s Disease