Integrated Sensors for Balance Augmentation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Health Program
Amount:
$149,900.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W81XWH-13-C-0130
Agency Tracking Number:
H122-008-0206
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
DHP12-008
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
Anthony Dietz
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-3800
ajd@creare.com
Business Contact:
James Barry
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Soldiers recovering from mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or relearning how to walk on a prosthetic lower limb often struggle with their balance. Of patients recovering from acute blast-induced mTBI, almost all (90%) report unsteadiness. These balance deficits affect ability to return to duty and ultimately quality of life. Recent research has shown that improvements can be made in upright standing balance by augmenting sensory information. For instance, sway-referenced tactile feedback improved patients"balance. At present, there is a lack of systems capable of providing the measurements needed to apply these techniques to assist with balance during dynamic tasks such as walking. The potential to improve balance during walking and other more complex tasks would have an enormous impact on the quality of life for patients suffering from these sensory deficits and would provide a new tool to assist with rehabilitation. This project aims to create a system capable of providing the data necessary for augmenting sensory cues during dynamic tasks.

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