Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Russian Astronauts and Children's Development

Years ago there was a Russian device that was meant to help with the effects of weightlessness in space. Rather than the high tech devices like the American space program this was pretty simple.

It looked like a detached swing like from a playground swing set. You hooked the "seat" around your feet and pulled on the ropes to produce pressure to the bottom of the feet. Astronauts experience a lot of serious effects of zero gravity. Astronauts particularly lose a great deal of bone mass in the heel. Pressure to the bottom of the feet helps mitigate the effects.

Imagine our surprise to find a similar device to help kids develop neurologically. Again the device loops around the feet and kids walk on it. Maybe these kids are future astronaut in training.

Kevin Kunz


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