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Automated hand-forearm ergometer data collection system.

Authors
  • Gude, Dana
  • Broxterman, Ryan
  • Ade, Carl
  • Barstow, Thomas
  • Nelson, Thomas
  • Song, Wen
  • Warren, Steve
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2012
Volume
2012
Pages
2379–2382
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2012.6346442
PMID: 23366403
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Handgrip contractions are a standard exercise modality to evaluate cardiovascular system performance. Most conventional ergometer systems of this nature are manually controlled, placing a burden on the researcher to guide subject activity while recording the resultant data. This paper presents updates to a hand-forearm ergometer system that automate the control and data-acquisition processes. A LabVIEW virtual instrument serves as the centerpiece for the system, providing the subject/researcher interfaces as well as coordinating data acquisition from both traditional and new sensors. Initial data indicate the viability of the system with regard to its ability to obtain consistent and physiologically meaningful data.

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