Energetics of paraplegic cycling: a new theoretical framework and efficiency characterisation for untrained subjects

@article{Hunt2007EnergeticsOP,
  title={Energetics of paraplegic cycling: a new theoretical framework and efficiency characterisation for untrained subjects},
  author={Kenneth J. Hunt and Benjamin A. Saunders and Claudio Perret and Helen Louise Berry and David B. Allan and Nicholas Donaldson and Tanja H. Kakebeeke},
  journal={European Journal of Applied Physiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={101},
  pages={277-285}
}
Complete lower-limb paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury precludes volitional leg exercise, leading to muscle atrophy and physiological de-conditioning. Cycling can be achieved using phased stimulation of the leg muscles. With training there are positive physiological adaptations and health improvement. Prior to training, however, power output may not be sufficient to overcome losses involved in rotating the legs and little is known about the energetics of untrained paralysed muscles… CONTINUE READING