edc_2011_C - Appendix C: User Observation Summary APPENDIX...

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Appendix C: User Observation Summary 329 APPENDIX C: USER OBSERVATION SUMMARY Below is a summary of the findings from user observation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The team’s mission was to design a method for enabling people in wheelchairs to transfer comfortably into and out of a leg press machine. Users with paraplegia exercise on the machine to build up their leg muscles. Source: Cornew, D., Cory, C., Laning, E., Park, Tim. (2008). The BEST Approach to Leg Press Feet Stabilization . Engineering Design and Com- munication, Northwestern University. Emily Laning observed a user of the leg press machine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago on Wednesday, January 30, 2008. The following is the information gained from the observation. Emily also spoke with client Evan McDowell to get information about the leg press machine. Information about the leg press machine Production: Made in the 1940s. Operation: Lever on left side of the seat adjusts the seat (moves forward and backwards) Weights located on right side of the machine when a user is sitting on the seat; a push pin adjusts the weights Bands from old tires operate in an “x” to strap the feet onto the push- ing plate Benefits: Best way to get this type of exercise Good design for weights Beneficial that smaller weights can be put on top Big back rest Aid to recovery
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Appendix C: User Observation Summary 330 Information about/observation of the user Characteristics of the user:
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