Exercise invention developed by CARTA fellow patented by Government of Nigeria
An invention designed and constructed to help people with disability exercise by a CARTA Fellow has been patented by the Government of Nigeria.
Cohort One Fellow, Taofeek O. Awotidebe Adedoyin from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria alongside his co-patentee, Prof. R.A., developed a cardio-pulley device that works by improving muscular endurance and strength and aerobic exercise capacity.
He said: “In the advent of chronic non-communicable diseases and proliferation of diseases of lifestyle, many medical experts have recognized the importance of exercise and physical activity in the prevention of such diseases.”
The simple pulley system—developed from his doctoral study— has modified braking system to provide resistance during graded upper body exercise training. It requires no hi-tech equipment and its production is relatively cheap. Cardio-pulley device is also portable, easy to use for individuals of all ages and could enhance regular exercise practice and adherence.
However, factors such as lack of time, low self-efficacy, health issues including musculoskeletal disorder, hip/knee arthritis that may subsequently deprive individuals from regular weight-bearing exercises. Hence, upper limb exercises using the cardio-pulley become good alternative regimen for such individuals. The design and construction of the device was supported by CARTA who provided full sponsorship of his doctoral study where he graduated with a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Ibadan in 2015.
In September, the graduate from the Department of Medical Rehabilitation, College of Health Sciences at OAU, won an International award (Excellence Award in Physiotherapy) in recognition of his contributions to knowledge in physiotherapy and patient care. He was awarded by the Indian-based Venus International Foundation.