Researchers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) have patented an exercise apparatus that allows a user to perform resistive exercise while lying in a horizontal position. The innovation supports a user’s weight while enabling the user, lying horizontally, to perform an exercise that closely approximates a full standing squat. Because the connections within the machine can be independently locked or held in a specific position, the user can be supported so that only certain joints or limbs are exercised. NASA is using the device to study the effectiveness of resistive exercise in maintaining muscle and bone strength during long space flights. Its unique features and versatility promise to be useful in bed-rest studies, rehabilitation, and specialized strength training. JSC has received patent number 7,125,370 for this technology.
Johnson Space Center has received patent protection (U.S. 7,125,370→) for this technology.
This technology is being made available through JSC’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, which seeks to transfer technology into and out of NASA to benefit the space program and U.S. industry. NASA invites companies to consider licensing this technology for commercial applications.
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