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Innovation Fund grant speeds rollout of AIMTech treadmill

The Alabama Innovation Fund helped speed the development of a revolutionary treadmill designed to allow people with neurological or physical disorders to exercise in a safe manner.

The device, called the ResistX, is the first product from the Alliance for Innovative Medical Technology (AIMTech), a partnership between two Birmingham research powerhouses – Southern Research and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

The unique force-induced treadmill uses a custom algorithm to apply resistance to safely increase the physical effort required for exercise. It also features a protective catching mechanism and a padded backstop to prevent injuries.

The ResistX is being unveiled at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in Boston, which began Tuesday and runs through Saturday. The alliance is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, with 50,000 members.

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