FreeStep SAS – Supported Ambulation System

Support weak or balance deficient patients without using additional floor space or requiring additional staff.

Supports weakened or balance deficient patients without using additional floor space or requiring additional staff

A safe environment for enhanced medical rehabilitation (EMR)

What’s the best way to practice falling?
Practice falling in a safe environment.

  • Reactive postural control training – practice slip/trip reaction
  • Enables enhanced medical rehabilitation (EMR) intensive task-specific rehabilitation
  • Requires less staff, even for difficult patients
  • Improves patient outcomes

The need is clear. A startling 62% of PTs and 56% of PTAs reported injury to the low back while assisting patients1 and for stroke patients alone, as many as 39% were reported to have fallen during inpatient rehabilitation2.

Biodex FreeStep SAS is an overhead track and harness system that provides a safe ambulation environment for both therapist and patient. Without the fear of falling, patients can focus more fully on their tasks of gait and balance. Likewise, therapists can focus on assisting, rather than supporting.

Custom Configuration – to suit your facility and need

Biodex FreeStep SAS can be custom configured to your facility, complementing the existing equipment floor plan. Install as a simple loop for continuous ambulation over stairs or through parallel bars, or add side branches for equipment-specific stations to include treadmill exercise or balance training.

Whatever material is behind your ceiling, FreeStep SAS can be installed… wood beam, steel or even concrete. Standard installation can support up to 750 lb per, or two 375 patients on one 8-foot track. The construction of FreeStep SAS allows multiple users performing varying exercises to benefit from supported ambulation without increasing PT attention. Therapists can treat high-risk patients one-on-one, without adding a second therapist to assist.


1 Darragh AR, Huddleston W, King P. Work-related musculoskeletal injuries and disorders among occupational and physical therapists. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2009 May-Jun;63(3):351-62.
2 Nyberg L, Gustafson Y.Patient falls in stroke rehabilitation. A challenge to rehabilitation strategies. Stroke. 1995 May;26(5):838-42.

The FreeStep SAS is an Overhead Track and Harness System for Patient and Therapist Safety

Provides immediate benefit without requiring additional floor space.

  • Can fit into current facility, does not require new construction
  • Provides patient support during rehab activities:
    – Sit-to-stand
    – Over ground, treadmill walking
    – Climbing and descending stairs
    – Balance training
  • Reduces number of therapists needed to safely assist patient ambulation
  • Minimizes fear of falling that inhibits patient effort
  • Protects therapists and caregivers from injuries when guarding patients
  • Accommodates concurrent use by multiple patients
  • Reduces liability risks for the facility by reducing patient falls as well as Workers’ Compensation claims

Suitable for any facility working with weakened or balance deficient patients

  • Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities
  • Stroke Rehabilitation, Parkinson’s patients
  • Head Injury, TBI and SCI patients
  • Amputee rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic patients, especially total hip/knee, where a fall could be a major setback
 Simple loop with side bars set over stairs.
Simple loop with side bars set over stairs.

Customized Layout Using Biodex Floor Planner

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Click image for larger view.

To order, call 1-800-224-6339

The First Step toward FreeStep

Determining the best layout for your track system begins with a basic drawing of your existing or future equipment floor plan. Detailing clear dimensions is essential. A Biodex Product Specialist will work with you to realize optimum utilization of your equipment, space and supported ambulation enhancements.

Contact Biodex to begin the process!


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