Artist - Scientist - Designer

Pediatric Recreational Walker for use on Uneven Terrain 2017

It is widely known that physical activity is important for optimum physical and psychosocial health. This is especially true for those with functional limitations. The most common cause of functional limitations in childhood is cerebral palsy (CP). CP is a term that describes a group of motor function disorders typically characterized by mobility limitations related to motor function impairments. Sedentary gaming and creative activities are prolific among children in the United States. Children with CP are no exception(R. J. Palisano, 2012)(R. J. Palisano, 2012). It has been purported that increases in anaerobic fitness result in increases in aerobic fitness in children with CP. An active lifestyle is also important for healthy aging in the CP population. Group recreational physical activity has been shown to greatly improve physical and psychosocial wellbeing. Subjective enjoyment levels of recreational activity have been linked to environmental factors and individual preferences for types of recreation(Shikako-Thomas et al., 2012)(Shikako-Thomas et al., 2012). The inference then, is if a child with functional limitations caused by CP has increased access to a variety of physical activities, so increases her likelihood of gaining overall mobility, effectively preparing for healthy aging, and increasing her physical stamina. The goal of the project is to improve accessibility to outdoor recreational activities for children with mobility impairment. The project used a human centered design approach to identify key stakeholders and categorize needs appropriate to each stakeholder type: primary, secondary, and tertiary. Iterative cycles of design and stakeholder feedback were conducted and evidence based methods used to evaluate a functional prototype. A closed course was built following USDA Forest Trail Service Accessibility Guidelines(FSTAG) and subjects asked to make multiple traverses of the course with their prescribed assistive device followed by the proposed recreational walker. Objective and subjective measures were recorded and presented for review. Final design decisions were consolidated into CAD renderings.

recreational walker_Page_01.png
recreational walker_Page_02.png
recreational walker_Page_03.png
recreational walker_Page_04.png
recreational walker_Page_05.png
recreational walker_Page_06.png
recreational walker_Page_07.png
recreational walker_Page_08.png
recreational walker_Page_09.png
recreational walker_Page_10.png
recreational walker_Page_11.png
recreational walker_Page_12.png
recreational walker_Page_13.png
recreational walker_Page_14.png
recreational walker_Page_15.png
recreational walker_Page_16.png
recreational walker_Page_17.png
recreational walker_Page_18.png
recreational walker_Page_19.png
recreational walker_Page_20.png
recreational walker_Page_21.png
recreational walker_Page_22.png
recreational walker_Page_23.png
recreational walker_Page_24.png
recreational walker_Page_25.png
recreational walker_Page_26.png
recreational walker_Page_27.png
Bartlett_Thesis presentation_irb safe_Page_28.jpg
recreational walker_Page_30.png
recreational walker_Page_31.png
recreational walker_Page_32.png
recreational walker_Page_33.png
Bartlett_Thesis presentation_irb safe_Page_28.jpg