Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike Race
About the Discipline
Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a technique that allows paralysed muscles to move again. By placing electrodes on the skin or implanting them, currents are applied to the muscles, making them contract. Thus, a person whose nerves from the brain to the leg muscles are disconnected due to a spinal cord injury (SCI) can use an intelligent control device to initiate a movement, e.g. stepping on a bike pedal. New types of electrodes and an exact control of the currents make it possible to maximise the pedal force with each rotation while avoiding early muscle fatigue. The FES race is for pilots with paraplegia. Functional electrical stimulation is enabling them to perform a pedalling movement on a recumbent bicycle.
= Highest score
= Best obstacle time
= Obstacle passed
= Did not finish
For further information check out the detailed CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition’s Races and Rules
About the Competition
At the CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition, the teams mount their trikes on a roller trainer. All teams use the same roller trainer model. The pilots have the task to complete the competition distance of 1'200 meters within the maximum time of 8 minutes stationary on the roller trainer. Whoever gets the furthest in the shortest time wins the race. The pilots can control the power supply to the muscles themselves and thus regulate their speed in relation to their endurance.
Inclusion criteria for pilots
Only pilots with complete paraplegia and bicycles without a motor are allowed to participate.
New challenges for 2020
The race distance has been increased from 750 to 1'200 meters compared to the CYBATHLON 2016. This distance must be covered in the same available time of eight minutes, which requires an increase in efficiency compared to 2016.