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Consistency of within-cycle torque distribution pattern in hand cycling

Joeri Verellen, MSc, et al.

Figure. Experimental hand cycle setup.

Hand cycling has enhanced mobility in activities of daily living and increased training and sports opportunities for wheelchair users. Several determinants that affect performance during hand cycling have not yet been scientifically addressed. Nevertheless, such data can be important to the optimization of performance and the prevention of propulsion-related overuse injuries. Particularly, the force generation, movement, and muscle activation patterns should all be studied. This study provides a first step in understanding these patterns and their consistency in hand cycling and offers a starting point for further research in hand cycling optimization.



Volume 45 Number 9, 2008
   Pages 1295 — 1302


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