Traversing Ground (e.g., Crawling, Running, Etc.) Patents (Class 434/255)
  • Patent number: 9649530
    Abstract: A full-body exercise system is described. The full-body exercise system includes a frame, and plurality of appendicular members extending from the frame. Each of the plurality of appendicular members is configured for engagement with a respective limb of a user. Further, each of the plurality of appendicular members is movable in a degree of freedom independent of other ones of the plurality of appendicular members. The full-body exercise system also includes a resistive system configured to provide a resistive force on each of the plurality of appendicular members with respect to movement in its respective degree of freedom. The resistive force provided by the resistive system on each of the plurality of appendicular members is adjustable in a generally continuous manner independent of resistive forces on other ones of the plurality of appendicular members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Quinn, Ivan Kiselev
  • Patent number: 9630056
    Abstract: The current invention relates to an exerciser, especially a crawling exerciser, comprising two hand slides each containing a wheel and two leg slides each containing a wheel, characterized in that, characterized in that it also contains components of a linear parallel track, wherein both the hand slides and the leg slides slide in the track and a damping structure is installed on the wheels or between the wheels and the track. The exerciser of the current invention is convenient, flexible, easy to control, and is easy to perform alternate movements of the hands and legs. It does not damage the floor, carpet or ground, and is very appropriate for indoor application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: FITCRAWL (SHANGHAI) INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Minghu Rao
  • Patent number: 9283424
    Abstract: An exercise device comprising a base frame comprising one or more belt members, a front axle configured to interface with one of the belt members, a rear axle configured to interface with one of the belt members and an adjustable support disposed on one side of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventors: Lani Arst, Peter Hollingworth, Jacob W. Ensign
  • Patent number: 9242140
    Abstract: A stepping exerciser having a connecting device for training balance includes two stepping units and a connecting unit disposed between the two stepping units. Through the connecting unit, the two stepping units can be used in a stable state to enhance safety of use. Furthermore, because the connecting unit provides an angle adjustment function, the relative position of the two stepping units can be changed. The use of the stepping exerciser can be adjusted according to the user's own physical status and age. The present invention provides a variety of changes for use so as to train balance and muscles throughout the body. The exercise effect and amusement of use can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Chung-Chin Yang
  • Patent number: 9186551
    Abstract: A crawling exercise device having a base with a quartet of spaced apart notches disposed within the top side, a block slidably disposed above each notch, respectively, a pad disposed atop each block, a wheel connected to each block through each notch, each wheel supported on the bottom side interior, a first connecting rod in operational communication with the wheels of the first small block and the first large block, a second connecting rod in operational communication with the wheels of the second small block and the second large block, a dual inertia wheel disposed at the first end, each of the first connecting rod and the second connecting rod pivotally affixed to the dual inertia wheel, the first connecting rod affixed to the dual inertia wheel 180 degrees out of phase with the second connecting rod, wherein sliding movement of the blocks turns the dual inertia wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Allen D. Smith
  • Patent number: 9186534
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a grid apparatus that is useful for the training of athletes in speed, agility, strength, plyometrics, balance, cardiovascular and other training exercise activities. The grid apparatus allows athletes to move forward, backward, side to side, and diagonal at multiple height settings. Specifically, the present invention relates to a grid apparatus that has the ability to be held tight and maintain its shape while on any athletic surface. More specifically, the present invention relates to a grid apparatus that may be suspended above the ground at specific heights. The grid apparatus includes, generally, one or more straps intersecting in a grid configuration and one or more stabilizers to functionally suspend the grid apparatus above the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventors: Trevor Bollers, Jennifer Bollers
  • Publication number: 20150140534
    Abstract: Arrangement for training the gait, comprising a predetermined walking surface, kick-on location sensing means for determining actual kick-on locations where a patient kicks his feet on the walking surface, which kick-on sensing means are associated to the walking surface, a training program memory for storing a gait training program which comprises data for predetermining a sequence of instructed kick-on locations for the feet of the patient on the walking surface, a display apparatus for displaying images which show the instructed kick-on locations, and a display synchronizing apparatus, which at its input side is connected to the training program memory and to the kick-on location sensing means and at its output side with the display apparatus to output data of the kick-on location sensing means in such manner that the display of the instructed kick-on locations is continuously adapted to sensed actual kick-on locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Wolfgang Brunner
  • Patent number: 8961186
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a rehabilitative and ambulation accessory for a walker. The system provides visual and auditory cues to improve the movement pattern or walking ability of an individual with gait problems caused by physiological or neurological issues, injury, or surgical wounds. The invention may also be used as an exercise training device. The invention includes two balls which illuminate in an alternating fashion to provide a visual target for each leg. The user then reaches for the illuminated ball with his foot. When sensors inside the balls are triggered, the system returns visual and auditory feedback, such as a bright light and a pleasing tone indicating a successful step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick LoSasso
  • Publication number: 20140370473
    Abstract: A skating practice assembly is disclosed that includes a rope, a center marker coupled to the rope proximate the center of the rope, and two handles coupled to the rope, one on each side of the center marker. Each of the handles has an opening extending through it, with the rope extending through each opening so as to couple the handles to the rope. The handles are fastened to the rope such that the distance between the handles, when the rope is extended, corresponds to the arm-length of the skater. Instruction is provided to the skater while the skater is holding the rope such that the rope extends between two fingers on each hand of the skater, the first handle contacting two fingers of one hand of the skater and the second handle contacting the two fingers on the other hand of the skater such that, when the skater's arms are outstretched, the rope becomes taut. As the skater skates, holding the skating practice assembly in the proper position assures that the skater is maintaining the proper posture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Karen S. Williams
  • Patent number: 8747199
    Abstract: A computerized system and method for measuring physical activity to advance play in a game. In example embodiments, a cell phone generates a screen display and the game is played through the mobile device. The measurement of physical activity progresses the player through the game by progressing the player through “game days,” by permitting the player to travel from a current location to another location on a map of the game, by earning rewards points for the player that may be utilized in game play, etc. A specified number of steps equates with a game day and a complete game is measured in game days. The device tracks physical activity, related game days, and completion of games. During a game day, a player advances in the game as well as encounters challenges and obstacles and may be prompted to make other decisions related to the game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Humana Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Palmisano, Benjamin Gibson Sawyer
  • Publication number: 20140076943
    Abstract: A childcare device including a base in the shape of a closed loop; a cavity bounded and defined by the closed loop; and wherein the device is adapted to receive a part of a child's body through the cavity; and the base is independently usable as a baby sling, a walking aid or a seat safety strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: CREATIVE NUANCES LTD.
    Inventor: Charis Hui Yee NG
  • Patent number: 8662901
    Abstract: A sport guiding device and a sport guiding method using the same are provided. The sport guiding method includes the following steps. Two of a predetermined sport frequency intensity, a predetermined calorific capacity and a predetermined sport time are provided. A predetermined sport frequency curve is obtained according to two of the predetermined sport frequency intensity, the predetermined calorific capacity and the predetermined sport time. An actual sport frequency curve of a user is detected. If the actual sport frequency curve is deviated from the predetermined sport frequency curve for the predetermined level, then a tempo guiding signal is outputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Szu-Han Tzao, Chih-Chao Cheng, Ju-Chia Kuo, Jong-Jeng Hong
  • Patent number: 8628334
    Abstract: A portable walking trainer device for a child, having a U-shaped structure of support bars that are removably securable to a padded base mat. The padded base mat has apertures disposed along its perimeter to facilitate removable securement of the support bars to the mat. Securing posts attached to the support bars are inserted into the apertures, resulting in a stable set of handrails for a child to pull on, lean upon, or use for balance. All support bars are padded to reduce the risk of injury to a child user. When the device is not in use the support bars may be disassembled and fold up within the base mat. Handles disposed at the ends of the base mat allow the self-contained stowed device to be easily transported by a parent or caregiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventors: Edwin Kibby, Agymah Dyer, Justine Gomez
  • Patent number: 8616893
    Abstract: An apparatus is described that allows a table to be turned upside down so that a toddler can use the upright legs as grips and the horizontal cross support beams as obstacles to master the art of stepping over this obstacle height of the cross support beams. Once the art of stepping is mastered, the table is flipped upright to function as a table again. Several adjustments are added to a table so that the height of the cross support beams and length of the legs can be adjusted to provide a range of mastering possibilities when in the upside down position. When flipped upright, the surface of the table can have adjustable to have uniform height or a top that slants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: TrackThings LLC
    Inventors: Serena Marlene Gabara, Helen Mary Gabara, Thaddeus Gabara
  • Patent number: 8608479
    Abstract: In one embodiment a gait training system includes a patient interface adapted to attach to a patient's thigh, the patient interface defining a channel, a cord that passes through the channel of the patient interface, and connecting means attached to a first end of the cord for connecting the cord to the patient's forefoot, wherein pulling of the cord pulls the patient interface forward and upward to emulate hip flexion and simultaneously pulls the connecting means upward to emulate ankle dorsiflexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: The University of Kansas
    Inventor: Wen Liu
  • Patent number: 8594982
    Abstract: Distributed computing methods and systems are disclosed, wherein intensive fatigue-risk calculations are partitioned according to available computing resources, parameters of the fatigue-risk calculation, time-sensitive user demands, and the like. Methods are disclosed wherein execution-cost functions are used to allocate accessible computing resources. Additional methods include partitioning calculation tasks by user-prioritized needs and by general mathematical features of the calculations themselves. Included herein are methods to calculate only prediction-maximum likelihoods instead of full probability distributions, to calculate prediction likelihoods using Bayesian prediction techniques (instead of full re-tabulation of all data), to collate interim results of fatigue-risk calculations where serial results can be appropriately collated (e.g., serial time-slice independence of the cumulative task involved), to use simplified (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Pulsar Informatics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Grey Mott, Daniel Joseph Mollicone, Damian Marcus Biondo, Sean Michael Thomas
  • Patent number: 8573982
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for athletic performance and technique monitoring are disclosed. In one example, a sensor output is received associated with a movement of a user torso during a running motion. The sensor output is analyzed to identify an undesirable torso motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas C. Chuang
  • Patent number: 8475342
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to a portable child development station. More specifically, an infant crawling and walking aid. The invention is collapsible and can be stored in smaller confines. When the invention is set up, it is structurally sound and safe with detachable variations allowing assistance in crawling as well as walking by suspending the infant with variable height adjustments to accommodate infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel William Flowers, James William Flowers
  • Patent number: 8460001
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for athletic performance monitoring are disclosed. In one example, a system includes an inertial sensor configured to measure an acceleration in a moving direction of a user foot of a user during locomotion and output an acceleration signal, a memory storing a stride acceleration motion profile, and a processing system configured to process the acceleration signal and the stride acceleration motion profile to identify a reduced user overstride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas C. Chuang
  • Publication number: 20130065210
    Abstract: An infant walking harness is described. Embodiments may consist of a padded fabric harness that wraps around the upper chest and under an infant's crotch to provide all around support, while leaving the sides of the infant's lower torso uncovered. The top part of the harness or upper body section is designed like a vest with fastening means on the back. In one embodiment, the fastening means are hook and loop material patches allowing for adjustments based on the infant's chest circumference so as to provide a snug fit, important for the infant's balancing. Two vest loops ensure that there is no excessive movement in the upper chest and shoulder area of an infant. The bottom part of the harness or lower body section is designed to be adjusted up or down via hook and loop material patches to accommodate an infant's height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Milena Perrine
  • Patent number: 8382646
    Abstract: The invention relates to a walking aid for a mechanically driven treadmill, comprising at least one tractive element that is guided over two respective deflection rollers and that is driven directly or indirectly by means of the treadmill. The tract of said element that directly faces the treadmill belt is displaced in the same direction as said belt and the tract of the element that faces away from the belt is displaced in the opposite direction to the latter. The aid also comprises at least one fixing element, which is located on the tractive element, for supports for part of the feet and/or legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Willi Schöenenberger
  • Publication number: 20130040272
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for improving the physical capability of an athlete in a multi-discipline athletic endurance competition including a specially programmed computer implementing the method are provided. The computer generates a normalized performance value of an individual athlete for each of at least two different disciplines of a multi-discipline athletic endurance competition and correlates said normalized performance values to expected competitive performance results for at least one distance of each of said disciplines. An output device operatively connected to the specially programmed computer can further generate an electronically or physically printed exercise program correlated to achieving an incremental improvement in normalized performance values for each of said disciplines within a particular period of time to guide the athlete to improve his/her physical capability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey Booher
  • Patent number: 8348672
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention may be used to both train and test instructor proficiency with a group exercise training routine. In a training mode, the graphical user interface may display visual cues indicating upcoming transitions from one activity to another. In response, the user may perform an action (e.g., clicking a button with a mouse cursor) to select the transition at the appropriate time. In a testing mode, the graphical user interface may display an indication of whether the correct selections are made, as well as made at the right time. This approach allows the user to rapidly develop substantial proficiency with the exercise routine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: MPS Systems Corps
    Inventor: Mike Saunders
  • Patent number: 8336503
    Abstract: A harness for wearing by a first person. The harness having a handle for grasping by a second person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Genius Happens, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher R. Spinelli
  • Patent number: 8337212
    Abstract: A multi-mode athleticism movement measurement system includes an athlete-borne acceleration sensor and an athleticism processing device to determine athleticism information based upon one or more timing measurements from the athlete-borne acceleration sensor, the athleticism information corresponding to any of multiple athleticism measurement modes available on athleticism processing device and selectable by a user. A data link between the athlete-borne acceleration sensor and the athleticism rating processing device transmits the one or more timing measurements from the athlete-borne acceleration sensor to the athleticism rating processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Prstojevich
  • Publication number: 20120196257
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of improving motor functions of a subject by administering cognitive function training to the subject. The cognitive functions trained can include executive and/or attention functions. The improved motor functions can be, for example, one or more of improved gait, increased speed of walking, increased speed of walking while talking, and decreased incidence of falling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventors: Joe Verghese, Roee Holtzer
  • Patent number: 8182348
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for comparing the performance of a participant in an event that includes movement along a course to another performance. The performance by the participant is monitored. Using a geographic database that represents the area in which the course is located, the participant's performance is compared to another performance. Then, the participant is provided with information comparing the performances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Navteq B.V.
    Inventors: Kurt Brooks Uhlir, Michael V. Shuman, Christopher Dougherty
  • Patent number: 8147252
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method of use to assist toddlers who are learning how to walk to be used with their parents/caregivers is herein disclosed. Although resembling a safety climbing harness, the apparatus is specifically designed to safely hold a child who is learning how to walk, climb, ascend steps, and perform other similar physical activities. A plurality of straps surrounds the child comfortably about the shoulder and waist area. These straps join together in a handle assembly located on the rear of the apparatus. This handle assembly is then held by the caregiver as the child walks, climbs stairs, or just generally explore their surroundings. The parent can completely support the child, prevent them from falling, and keep them from wandering off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventors: Dolph B. Stanford, Bonnie M. Stanford
  • Patent number: 8142197
    Abstract: A system and method of rating a cross-country course. The method includes for accurately and consistently measuring a length of a cross-country course and rating a difficultly of the cross-country course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: John N. Tucker
  • Patent number: 8128410
    Abstract: A multi-mode athleticism movement measurement system includes an athlete-borne acceleration sensor and an athleticism processing device to determine athleticism information based upon one or more timing measurements from the athlete-borne acceleration sensor, the athleticism information corresponding to any of multiple athleticism measurement modes available on athleticism processing device and selectable by a user. A data link between the athlete-borne acceleration sensor and the athleticism rating processing device transmits the one or more timing measurements from the athlete-borne acceleration sensor to the athleticism rating processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Prstojevich
  • Patent number: 8118599
    Abstract: An off-ice edge trainer includes a platform having at least one substantially planar surface that is arranged at a first angle relative to horizontal and at a second angle relative to the horizontal. The first angle and the second angle are greater than 0°. The first angle is configured to cause a user standing on the at least one substantially planar surface of the ice-skating training system to shift their weight to a predetermined portion of a skate blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: David I. Lipetz
  • Patent number: 8092225
    Abstract: A device for helping a toddler learn to walk that employs a waist belt for a toddler, a waist belt for an adult and a strap assembly that connects the toddler belt and the adult belt. The strap assembly has an adjustable strap, a connecting strap and a strap loop. The adjustable strap has a plurality of buttonholes, a button fastener and hook and loop fastener material on the inner surfaces. The adjustable strap is attached to the toddler belt, doubles through a strap loop, and fixes a length by securing a button in a buttonhole and linking the hook and loop fastener material on the inside surfaces of the adjustable strap. The device allows the adult to support the toddler without engaging the adult's hands or the toddler's hands and allows the adult to remain in a full upright position to avoid strain on the lower back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: GingToe Ho
  • Publication number: 20110151421
    Abstract: A sport guiding device and a sport guiding method using the same are provided. The sport guiding method includes the following steps. Two of a predetermined sport frequency intensity, a predetermined calorific capacity and a predetermined sport time are provided. A predetermined sport frequency curve is obtained according to two of the predetermined sport frequency intensity, the predetermined calorific capacity and the predetermined sport time. An actual sport frequency curve of a user is detected. If the actual sport frequency curve is deviated from the predetermined sport frequency curve for the predetermined level, then a tempo guiding signal is outputted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Szu-Han TZAO, Chih-Chao Cheng, Ju-Chia Kuo, Jong-Jeng Hong
  • Patent number: 7931571
    Abstract: An apparatus suitable for imitating one or more muscle members of a human user during physical therapy, wherein the apparatus is configured to be used in conjunction with the human user having a waist and a leg having a knee. The apparatus includes an adjustable waist belt configured to be secured around the human user's waist and a lower leg support configured to encircle the human user's leg in a vicinity of the knee. The apparatus further includes an elastic member configured to provide an adjustable tensile resistance between the waist belt and the lower leg support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventor: Gene Paul Bernardoni
  • Patent number: 7892150
    Abstract: A combined treadmill and seat assembly includes a portable treadmill, and a portable seat assembly detachably connected to the treadmill such that the seat assembly is selectively disposed between first and second positions while connected to the treadmill. The seat assembly includes first and second seats oriented at oppositely facing axial directions so that the first seat extends towards the treadmill while the second seat extends away from the treadmill. Advantageously, the treadmill platform is registered along a first plane when the seat assembly is positioned at the first position and, the treadmill platform is registered along a second plane when the seat assembly is positioned at the second position. Notably, the first and second planes are horizontally oriented and coplanar such that the treadmill platform remains equidistantly spaced from a ground surface when the seat assembly is situated at the first and second positions respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: George L. Colley
  • Patent number: 7798920
    Abstract: A sporting activity system comprising a plurality of stakes and a plurality of pods. The plurality of stakes each have a length and a cross-sectional configuration. Each pod includes a body and a member for interfacing with a stake. The body includes a lower edge, a side and a top surface. The interfacing member includes an opening disposed on one of the top and the sides configured to receive a stake, and, two channels disposed on the body spaced apart from the opening. Each of the at least two channels and the opening can accept a stake of the plurality of stakes simultaneously. Connectors may be provided releasably coupling two stakes of the plurality of stakes to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: Dagoberto S. Cortes
  • Patent number: 7665994
    Abstract: In one embodiment a device is provided for visually demonstrating stagger. In this embodiment, the device includes first and second tires coaxially mounted on an axle, wherein the first tire has a smaller diameter than the second tire. The device also includes a member configured to be pushed or pulled by a person. The device may be pushed or pulled on a flat surface, such as a paved road. When the device is pushed or pulled in a forward direction, the first and second tires will rotate at the same rotational speed, but because the second tire has a larger diameter than the first tire, the second tire will travel a greater distance than the first tire during each tire rotation. Thus, the device will move in a curved path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: Al Speyer
  • Publication number: 20090246746
    Abstract: A walking-trainer device for persons with a walking disorder to relearn walking has a movable tread surface and a display unit for displaying target indications of the corresponding and consecutive foot positions for movements made by a person walking on the tread surface. The target indications have the form of a number of consecutive patterns located above a target surface at the height of and in the longitudinal direction of the tread surface moving in the direction of the person, which visibly move from a distance of between 0.5 m and 0.5 m, preferably between 15 m and 5 m and more preferably between 0.7 m and 2.5 m, from the target surface in the direction of and over the tread surface up to the feet of the person. The speed of movement of the patterns is substantially equal to the speed of movement of the tread surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: FORCELINK B.V.
    Inventors: Melvyn ROERDINK, Peter Jan BEEK
  • Patent number: 7582045
    Abstract: A variable resistance aquatic exercise apparatus which provides a platform for removable fit to each of a user's hands and arms is disclosed. Each platform provides a plurality of one-way valves of two sizes. Each platform further provides a dialable disc which varies with orifice size, from a larger orifice to smaller orifices, or a user may choose to close orifices, thereby providing varied resistance to movement through water. Multiple embodiments of the platform are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventors: Joseph L. Lombardi, Justin Thompson
  • Publication number: 20090029330
    Abstract: A toddler device according to the present invention includes a base having a generally planar upper surface and defining a plurality of receiving holes. Further, the toddler device includes a set of posts, each post having an upper end and a lower end with a configuration complementary to a configuration of at least one of the receiving holes. Each post is padded, may include a liquid resistant surface, and is supported in a vertical configuration when received in a respective receiving hole. In addition, an entertainment element is coupled to respective post upper ends for interesting a toddler and encouraging the toddler to stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Brooke Moran
  • Publication number: 20080293023
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing sports instruction are disclosed. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the method includes the steps of each of a plurality of instructors entering a name and one or more credentials into a server based data storage unit and each of the plurality of students selecting one of the plurality of instructors based on the one or more credentials. At a server, one or more uploaded files are received from each of the plurality of students and they are stored in the data storage unit. A selected one of the plurality of instructors reviews the uploaded files and provides instruction based on the uploaded files. The students can rate the instructors based on their experience. Other aspects of online sports instruction are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Glen M. Diehl, John F. Lynch, Daniel Bastone
  • Patent number: 7381058
    Abstract: A relay race blocking system for alerting an outgoing runner when to start running to receive a baton from an incoming runner includes a waiting plate being positionable on a running track a predetermined distance from an exchange zone marked on the running track. A starting plate is positionable on the running track a distance from the waiting plate opposite the exchange zone. The starting plate indicates an area to alert the outgoing runner to begin to run toward the exchange zone when the incoming runner crosses into the area indicated by said starting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Johnnie D. Hayes, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7318791
    Abstract: A device for exercising and strengthening the muscles of the spinal column and vertebrae joints and for the spine recreation, designed taking in account that our backbone bio kinematics operate better moving in the horizontal position based on “four legs”, comprises: a bearing framework with fore and rear pivot points, two hand striding units and two foot striding units pivotally mounted to corresponding fore and rear pivot points and depending downwardly therefrom; a kinematic transmission connecting the left and right pairs of the striding units with possibility to swing the hand and foot striding units in opposite direction, provides the user with a steady balance and allows to imitate a natural walking or running-type motions with the extremities based on the foot and hand supports while keeping his/her torso suspended freely above the foot and hand supports and with the spine in a substantially free horizontal position whereby the only support for the users body is the foot and hand supports; The
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: Zinnoor Akhmetov
  • Patent number: 7153250
    Abstract: A method includes: providing an exercise administration list containing a name column, an exercise group column, and an exercise date column; identifying an exercise person in need of exercise and a group of exercises for the person based on the exercise administration list; appointing an exercise administrator for managing exercise; confirming by the exercise administrator exercise working contents for the exercise person based on the exercise administration list; arranging by the exercise administrator devices used for performing the exercise working contents; confirming the exercise date; and thereby managing by the exercise administrator the exercises by the exercise person for function recovery and muscle strengthening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Inventors: Shigeo Takizawa, Kyoko Takizawa
  • Patent number: 7131936
    Abstract: Apparatus for training a body part, such as for example the feet or head, of a person is shown. The apparatus structure is configured to receive and support the body part. The structure includes a body part-supporting member defining a movement path of a selected distance to be traversed by the body part during training. At least one sensor is positioned along the movement path representing a selected distance to be traversed by the body part during trained. The sensor is physically contacted by and is actuated by the body part. A signal control circuit is responsive to actuation of the sensor for generating a feedback signal which is communicated to such person to verify that such person's body part has traversed the selected distance. A method for training a body part of a person including a head, leg or arm is also shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Frank J. Schlosser
  • Patent number: 7070541
    Abstract: An educational apparatus is traversed horizontally for the purpose of increasing learning capabilities is pictured. The apparatus is in the design of a figure eight lying on its side longitudinally and laterally intersected at its center by a column and row of straight tracks 30. The apparatus is comprised of tracks, straight 30, arced 40, and curved 50, contiguously connected to one another and an octagon shaped distinct end coupler 96 used as a bridge to connect the non-contiguous ends of tracks, straight 30, arced 40, and curved 50. The distinct end coupler 96 is located in the center of the apparatus. The distinct end coupler 96 is not only a structure used to connect the non-contiguous ends of tracks but also a station from which a human receives instruction prior to traversing the apparatus and a portal used by a walking human to traverse from track to track in the proper direction and sequence, important for basic brain processing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventors: Stephen Joseph Madigan, Winifred Jean Madigan, Larry Eugene Hess, Cynthia Anne Hess
  • Patent number: 7044892
    Abstract: A child activity device for entertaining and promoting activity in a child is disclosed. The child activity device is configurable between a use and storage position and may also include a frame providing bouncing motion for a child. The activity device includes a support frame extending vertically upwards from a lower end proximate to a support surface and terminating at an upper end, a supporting portion, and may further include a seat, coupled to the supporting portion, that is rotatable about a first axis relative to the support frame to allow a child placed in the seat to rotate about the first axis. A coupling assembly is also disclosed. The coupling assembly secures the supporting portion to the support frame upper end and permits rotation of the supporting portion about a second axis for configuring the seat and supporting portion in a storage position. An activity device with foldable support legs is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl M. Stern, Andrew M. Weiman, Timothy J. Snyder, Brian S. Kelly
  • Patent number: 6908415
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus for recreational and rehabilitative exercise comprising in combination, a substantially square-shaped slide board having a substantially level top surface with a low coefficient of friction, and at least one sliding device for allowing a user to maneuver any combination of his hands, elbows, feet, and knees or posterior torso across the slide board and methods of exercise wherein the individual may use functional movements as well as unilateral and bilateral movements with both upper and lower extremities and wherein the exercise allows the individual's body to move in an anatomical plane that is sagittal, frontal, transverse, oblique or in a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventor: Michael Branson
  • Patent number: 6746247
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of producing an instructional tool for teaching an athlete how to develop and maintain a consistent tempo for performing a particular athletic activity. The method includes a step of analyzing the tempo of an athlete as they perform an athletic activity and then composing a song that includes a tempo which matches the tempo of an outstanding performance of the athletic activity. The appropriate tempo of the athletic activity is established by determining the amount of time between certain events in the activity when the particular athletic activity is performed at an optimum level by an athlete. The song is composed such that it includes a beat pattern with a time difference between two of the beats in the beat pattern that matches the time difference between two events in the ideally performed athletic activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Inventor: Michael Barton
  • Patent number: RE44985
    Abstract: An off-ice edge trainer includes a platform having at least one substantially planar surface that is arranged at a first angle relative to horizontal and at a second angle relative to the horizontal. The first angle and the second angle are greater than 0°. The first angle is configured to cause a user standing on the at least one substantially planar surface of the ice-skating training system to shift their weight to a predetermined portion of a skate blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: David I. Lipetz