Optimization of a Dermoskeleton for Human Performance in Clinical and Occupational Applications
Physical disability in Canadian adults is largely due to painful mobility impairments, with the most common cause being diseases of, and injuries to, the musculoskeletal system and connective tissues (MSK disorders). MSK disorders are generally associated with natural aging, but are also caused by occupational injuries as well as brain or spinal cord injury or disease. The cost of these conditions to the Canadian Health Care system is in the tens of billions per year. It is critical to prevent long term MSK disability by preventing MSK disorders and improving rehabilitation outcomes of MSK therapies. To address this need, B-Temia Inc has developed a low-profile robotic exoskeleton, or “dermoskeleton” that provides active knee assist during human location, which may be useful for injury prevention and rehabilitation. B-Temia’s partnership with UNB is ideal for researching these application given UNB’s proven strengths in human locomotion biomechanics and performance assessment.