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the correct choice for performance diagnostics
The choice of the right treadmill ergometer for cycling, wheelchairs, hand-bikes and ski rollers is a very demanding one. Not only performance diagnostics but also sport-specifi c training needs to be conducted safely. With a view to the capital costs and the often limited space in a sports laboratory a multifunctional treadmill that can also be used by runners should be selected.
Based on the h/p/cosmos saturn® there are several hundred treadmill solutions worldwide for running, cycling, wheelchairs, hand-bikes and skiing in use. The customers for such systems are many well-known universities, Olympic training centres, biomechanics and performance diagnostic institutes, training centres, football clubs, clinics as well as sport, rehabilitation and research centres. Based on this experience most of these treadmill solutions are medically approved and are tailored to their specific requirements.
motivation and safety – for bikes and wheelchairs
A formula 1 driver can only go to his limits when he knows that his car and the track are as safe as can be. Without a safety cockpit, a special seat belt and helmet, he would hardly get the same performance or be able to push himself to his limits. It is similar for cross country skiers, wheelchair users and cyclists if they feel unsafe and are afraid of falling.
Training or testing at speeds of 40, 60 or even up to 80 km/h (49.71 mph) on a treadmill demand a healthy respect. An increased adrenalin level for the athlete and operating personnel is necessary for testing to the limits but nothing must go wrong. The h/p/cosmos® safety arch prevents a fall in case of a mistake, loss of coordination or stumbling. The fall stop safety system stops the treadmill immediately and automatically by means of a quickstop device. The strong safety rope prevents the subject from falling down onto the running belt. The wheelchair stabiliser keeps the wheelchair in the correct position and on track. With this sense of safety it‘s possible to test to the important and sometimes decisive level of exertion necessary for a precise diagnostics.
compatible and future-safe
Particularly in the fi eld of sports medicine, research and professional sports there is often the need to connect an number of systems to the treadmill such as an EMG, ECG, spirometer, blood pressure monitor, external printer, h/p/cosmos para graphics® for documentation, h/p/cosmos para analysis® for lactate diagnostics or possibly other software solutions such as h/p/cosmos para motion® for motion analysis or bio feedback. Therefore most h/p/cosmos® treadmills offer an option of up to 4 PC interfaces. For the best level of compatibility and safety the coscom® v3 protocol is fully supported.
Under www.coscom.org you will fi nd an impressive list of manufacturers and coscom® compatible devices, the free of charge coscom.dll v3 program library and the protocol description together with tips for implementation and download. A free treadmill simulator is temporarily provided for partners in order to support programmers during the implementation and testing of coscom®.
with optimal movement to success
A treadmill is particularly suitable for bio-mechanical analysis. Which wheelchair drive ring gives the best acceleration? At what cadence does the athlete have the lowest energy consumption? How can the movements be optimised?
The design of the h/p/cosmos saturn® allows good visual access from all 4 sides. You can remove temporarily the rear 2/3 of the side handrails (optional extra) and the hand rail crossbar at the front for a completely unrestricted view during movement analysis.
the future acknowledged – possibilities for future retrofi tting
h/p/cosmos® treadmill systems are often in use for many years – for a large number of customers that‘s already over 20 years. Desires, needs and goals may change and develop over time. The h/p/cosmos saturn® offers you a wide variety of options and expansion possibilities. For example many systems are multi use for movement analysis or coordination and technique training with unweighting which of course can also be retrofi tted. Also for rehabilitation, functional training or speed training h/p/cosmos® offers you the ideal solution. Thanks to the integrated PC interfaces and the open coscom protocol standard there is a tremendous range of compatible software solutions available.
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