Use of functional electrical stimulation cycle ergometers by individuals with spinal cord injury

Jochen Kressler, Hila Ghersin, Mark S. Nash

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-126
Number of pages4
JournalTopics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014



  • Exercise guidelines
  • Functional electrical stimulation
  • Health and fitness guidelines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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