Mentor: Dr. Warren Dixon
College of Engineering
"I applied to the Scholars program because I would like to go into research after I finish school. I thought this program would be a good stepping stone for my ultimate goal. I hope to learn what it takes to carry out a research project. My goals are to grew as a student and researcher and to write a paper I can be proud of submitting to the UF journal."
- Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County
Hobbies and Interests
Cycling by Means of FES
Many paraplegics suffer from loss of muscle mass, muscle atrophy, and decreased blood circulation. In patients who are paralyzed from the waist down, it is difficult to find a means through which they can prevent the above health issues. One way that has been and is still being investigated in through functional electrical stimulus. Cycling by means of function electrical stimulus, or FES, is a particularly promising method. Leg muscles are stimulated in order to induce a cycling motion. This cycling can help a patient rebuild or maintain muscle mass as well as prevent atrophy and lowered blood circulation. There are, however, issues that come along with FES. One of these issues is rapid muscle fatigue. The legs muscle get tired more quickly when stimulated artificially then when stimulated naturally. My project will include investigation into which ways it would be best to stimulate a person to prevent extremely rapid muscle fatigue, particularly looking at different voltages and frequencies of stimulation as well as leg positions and which muscle groups to stimulate