LegTutor- a Helpful Aid in Speeding Recovery of Injured Footballer Chris Norton

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They say coin tosses are 50-50 odds — half the time it comes up heads, the other half tails. But the Luther College football team could have bet the whole campus the coin was coming up in their favor Sept. 10.

After all, their man Chris Norton was on the field for the pregame toss. And the Altoona 19-year-old has beaten far worse odds than 50-50.

Eleven months ago, Norton, a Bondurant-Farrar High School alumnus, broke his neck during a kickoff return against Central College. The injury compressed his spinal cord. The doctors initially gave Norton a 3 percent chance of ever having movement below his neck.

But Norton moved into that 3 percent his first full day of recovery. After emergency surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Norton moved his arms, the first twitches in a long recovery.

He joined his teammates at midfield for the coin toss before William Penn’s 24-13 win Sept. 10.

He uses a wheelchair, but he’s learning to walk again. He returned to school this fall taking three courses. He does intense therapy with the Luther sports medicine staff, the Winneshiek Medical Center and two days a week at Mayo. He’s got a long way to go, but he’s already further than anybody every thought he’d be.

With the newly developed LegTutor Chris Norton can speed his recovery and return to the football field.

The LegTutor™ system has been developed to allow for functional rehabilitation of the lower extremity. The system consists of an ergonomic wearable leg brace and dedicated rehabilitation software. The LegTutor™ system allows for a range of biomechanical evaluation including speed, passive and active range of motion and motion analysis of the lower extremity. Quantitative biomechanical data allow for objective evaluation and rehabilitation treatment follow up. The LegTutor™ rehabilitation concept is based on performing controlled exercise rehabilitation practice at a patient customized level with real time accurate feedback on the patient’s performance. The exercises are designed in the form of challenging games that are suitable for a wide variety of neurological and orthopedic injury and disease.

The games challenge the patient to perform the exercise task to their best ability and to continue exercise practice.

The LegTutor™ allows for isolated and a combination of knee and three directional hip treatment. The system provides detailed exercise performance instructions and precise feedback on the patients exercise performance. Controlled exercise of multi joints within the normal movement pattern prevents the development of undesired and compensatory joint movement and ensures better performance of functional tasks.

The LegTutor™ system and its sister devices (HandTutor, ArmTutor and 3DTutor) is used by many leading rehabilitation centers worldwide and has full FDA and CE certification.

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