A student-designed device that ascertains a person’s ability to drive after an injury could help reduce accidents while still promoting independence.
When a person suffers a leg or foot injury, one of the tasks they are most eager to resume is the ability to drive. To ensure the patient is truly capable of operating an automobile’s pedals, the student team from Bucknell University created a device that replicates the position and tension of an automobile’s pedals. By allowing patients to practice the motions of applying pressure to the simulated pedals (particularly the brake pedal), therapists are better able to determine their ability to drive.
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