Purpose: To assess the use of network-connected home-based functional electrical stimulation (FES) cycle ergometers. Method: De-identified data on >20,000 FES sessions for 314 users with spinal cord injury were analyzed for usage patterns and energy expenditure. These were compared with authoritative exercise guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week over at least 2 days per week for a total of 1,000 kcals. Results: Seven percent of participants were classified as high-(≥5 days/week), 11% as medium-(2-5 days/week), and 82% as low-frequency users (<2 days/week). Conclusion: None of the users satisfied authoritative energy expenditure recommendations for disease prevention with FES cycling alone.
- Exercise guidelines
- Functional electrical stimulation
- Health and fitness guidelines
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation