Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

The objective of this project is to reduce the incidence of ankle inversion and eversion injuries by designing, prototyping, and testing a new brace that would provide three stages of ankle support and rehabilitation. There are many ankle braces in the market today; however, they are all targeted toward a specific stage during rehabilitation. Analysis, material selection, and computer aided design drawings were conducted as well as the development of a prototype brace and testing apparatus. Human test subjects were used to test the new design against an unbraced ankle as well as a brace commonly found in the market. Statistical analysis was performed and the average error score as well as the recorded reaction time supports our conclusion that the designed brace increases stability.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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