P08003: Portable Obstacle Course


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Project Overview

The physical therapy clinic at Nazareth college works with individuals who have had strokes as they re-learn to perform everyday activities. An important part of their training is learning how to navigate an obstacle course consisting of typical items that might be found in the home. The therapists would like to have a standardized course that can be dismantled and stored when not in use, and can also be restored to a prior "setting" in order to track patient progress.

This project has two primary challenges:

  1. Developing an innovative system of maximizing the number of different obstacles/configurations that can be set up while minimizing the storage space required
  2. Developing a means of automatically documenting the course configuration that was used during a given session so that the therapist can easily enter it into the patient's records

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. BES-0527358.


Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Administrative Information

Project Name
Portable Obstacle Course
Project Number
Project Family
Assistive Devices
Assistive Devices and Bioengineering
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Dr. Elizabeth DeBartolo (ME)
Faculty Consultant
Dr. Matthew Marshall (ISE)
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Primary Customer
Nazareth College Physical Therapy Clinic
Customer contact information
JJ Mowder - Tinney PT, MS, NCS, CWS
Director of Clinical Education
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
585-389-2901 (Office)
585-389-2908 (Fax)
Office: Carrol Hall - Room 111

Team Documents

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1 Page Project Summary

Contact Info and Schedules


Mission Statement

Staffing Requirements

Customer Constraints

Intellectual Property Considerations

Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure

Team Values and Norms

Required Resources

Risk Mitigation

Schedule for MSD II

Concept Development

Identify Customer Needs

Establish Target Specifications

Generate Product Concepts

Select Product Concept(s)

Concept Design Review Documents

Concept Review Notes

Concept Design Review Items

System Level Design

Course Layout Design

Finalized List of Surfaces and Obstacles

Accomplished Specifications

Setup Flow

Detail Design

Bill of Materials

Hazard Analysis

Safety: Lifting Calculations

Failure Modes & Effects Analysis

Foam Bottom

Thin Panel

Wood Plank

Foam insert

Basic Assembly

Surface Demo

Start Box Bottom

Start Box Top

Start Box Assembly

Obstacle Peg Design 1

Obstacle Peg Design 2

Storage Cart Design

Structural Analysis for Robust Design

Tracking System

Design for Manufacturing and Assembly

Detailed Design Review Documents

Detailed Design Review Notes

Testing and Refinement

Test Plan


Published Documents

Concept Design Review Documents

Detailed Design Review Documents

Managerial Design Review Presentation

User's Manual

Technical Conference Publication (SD II)

Poster Publication (SD II)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD II)

Two-Page Summary for NSF

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