Date of Graduation

Spring 2015

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Research Sponsor

Brett Followay

First Reader

Mary Verstraete

Second Reader

Jim Keszenheimer

Abstract

The purpose of this research project was to develop a new method of attaching a footguard to the front of a power wheelchair to be used in the adaptive sport, power soccer. Completion of this project was requested by Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio (A.S.P.O.). It was requested that Limitless Sports Solutions, a team of Biomedical Engineering students, create a new design which would be more efficient, have less moving parts, and be easier to attach overall than the system currently being used by A.S.P.O. During the scope of this project, research was conducted on other existing systems and several different novel designs were analyzed. The final design to move into the prototyping phase features two quick release clamps which allow the user to easily and quickly install and adjust the footguard attachment.

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