Cycling is a common, low-impact activity used for recreation, exercise, and rehabilitation. Knee joint loading can be predicted using inverse dynamic analyses of pedal load cell and kinematic data measured during cycling biomechanics experiments. Several studies have successfully measured foot loading at the pedals, e.g. by using custom instrumented pedal spindles outfitted with strain gauges and a potentiometer to measure crank angle [1-3]. Such designs are relatively complex, requiring difficult machining and component fabrication, and require post-processing of strain gauge data.

The long-term goal of this study is to calculate knee joint loading and, ultimately, cartilage tissue stress to provide evidence-based prescriptions for rehabilitative and fitness sustainment exercises for those who are at high risk for knee osteoarthritis. The objective of this project was to design, fabricate, and implement an instrumented pedal system using existing load cells for use in cycling biomechanics research. Measured data retrieved from the load cells during cycling experiments will be compared to similar studies to verify that this project was successful.


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