Selective Stimulation of Quadriceps as a Biomechanical Means to Improve Efficiency and Power Output of FES Cycling

Supervisor: Prof. Nick Donaldson

The everyday use of FES cycling for paraplegics is limited due to its low power output and efficiency. Theexact reason for the poor performance, when compared to able bodied cyclists, is not entirely understood. However, research has indicated that one of the limiting factors can be attributed to the biomechanics of the cycling action. By selectively stimulating the Quadriceps muscles, it is hoped to optimise the cycling  action by maximising knee extension while minimising hip flexion.