BARBARA WICKS

SPORTSART

Exercise Physiologist with a Doctorate in Physiotherapy and a Master in Applied Science (Clinical Exercise Science) MAppSc(UQ). Member of Australian Cardiac Rehabilitation (ACRA), SESNZ and accredited as Exercise Physiologist (AEP,AES) ESSA Australia. Full-time private practice in numerous rehabilitation and aged care facilities in the Gold Coast- Tweed Heads area. Commencing and promoting a private community activity program “Wake up to Walk and Play’ focused on enjoyable activity and social facilitation to encourage lifestyle change. Familiar with designing and conducting private community sessions to maintain functional mobility in Prevention of Falls in active older adults. In possession of the qualification in: Technical use of the iCare Elliptical Trainer to provide gait and cardiac rehabilitation for victims of stroke, PD, MS, at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska.

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The iCare - Expediting cardiovascular fitness, walking and cardiovascular strength in a disabled population.

..."and we can do it here and there, and we can do it anywhere... ! thank you thank you SportsArt..." Dr Seuss (1960)


The ICare is an acronym for Intelligently Controlled Assisted Rehabilitation Elliptical.

In disability, physical movements once done effortlessly and without conscious thought become laborious due to limitations in strength, co-ordination postural control and endurance. The iCare is an affordable and available tool designed to reduce therapist fatigue while assisting people with disabilities and other chronic conditions to regain walking function, cardiovascular fitness, subsequent neurological adaptation and strength

The iCare provides task specific movements for walking with mass repetitions (neuroplastity of brain requires 100s to 1000s of repetitions) in a safe environment. This can be controlled by one therapist. The hydraulic unweighting system improves walking function while it reduces patient and therapist fatigue. There are notable similarities in joint kinematics and muscle demands between iCare training and walking.

Outcomes have been remarkable with many stroke survivors walking themselves out of their wheel chairs and down the aisle following iCare training. This presentation will demonstrate the use of, and significant benefits the iCare can bring to a disabled population.