National AMBUCS Donates Therapeutic Cycle in Support of UNC PT Research

National AMBUCS, a non-profit service organization headquartered in High Point, NC, and dedicated to increasing the mobility and independence for people with disabilities, has donated an AmTryke therapeutic cycle and a stationary trainer in support of research by Assistant Professor Michael Lewek, PT, PhD, on the rehabilitation of individuals post-stroke.

National AMBUCS Donates Therapeutic Cycle in Support of UNC PT Research click to enlarge Joe Copeland, Executive Director of National AMBUCS, demonstrates a cycle like the one donated to UNC PT.

“We think there could be real benefit for everyone involved in Dr. Lewek’s research,” said Joe Copeland, Executive Director of National AMBUCS.  “Anecdotal reports from our customers lead us to believe that using our tricycles can help people gradually become more active as they move out of isolation and getting them back in the community.”

Supporting research that might lead to a better understanding of how people with disabilities can use therapeutic cycles to become more active in daily activities with family members has always been a key priority for the organization.

“We are extremely grateful to Joe Copeland and his colleagues at National AMBUCS for this donation,” Lewek said.  “This will allow us to examine the influence of repetitive arm/leg movements in a well-controlled environment. The assistance they have provided us has been instrumental in establishing a new line of inquiry in my research lab.”

National AMBUCS is not a typical equipment dealer.  Rather, the organization promotes a riding program with help of 140-plus volunteer-run chapters in 30 states that provide tricycles for individuals with disabilities in their communities.  Physical therapists and occupational therapists have been key team members in the development, design, and continuous improvement of all of the organization’s tricycles.  In addition, National AMBUCS chapters do not give bikes to individuals without a personal health evaluation from a PT, OT, or other health professional.  For more information, please visit