Active Knee Brace for ACL Injuries

This project will build and validate a smart, active functional knee brace and its ability to apply time-varying knee shear load patterns to protect the ACL during dynamic activity. This goal of the device is to motivate creation of a new class of soft robotic knee exoskeletons that will facilitate the Warfighter’s recovery from ACL injury.

This project is in collaboration with SRI International (Dr. Tom Libby), UW Orthopedics (Dr. William Lack), and UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (Geoff Balkman).