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Effects of type and mode of propulsion on hand-cycling biomechanics in nondisabled subjects

Arnaud Faupin, PhD, et al.


Figure 1. Hand cycle fixed to ergometer with dynamometric pedal. Backrest was modified to make marker on trunk visible. x-, y-, and z-axes = three-dimensional coordinates in global reference system.

The boom in hand cycling means that this activity has spread to a broader population. We found that body positions on a hand cycle (arm-power [AP] vs arm-trunk-power [ATP] types) and synchronous (SC) versus asynchronous (AC) mode of propulsion must be considered when user-to-chair interface is optimized. These results suggest more use of trunk movement during hand cycling for ATP type and AC mode. Hence, the different force generation patterns observed in this study between AC and SC modes and AP and ATP types are explained by a difference in trunk action. Researchers should perform future studies using experienced hand-cycle users, especially those with limited trunk function.

Volume 48 Number 9, 2011
   Pages 1049 — 1060


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Faupin A, Gorce P, Meyer C. Effects of type and mode of propulsion on hand-cycling biomechanics in nondisabled subjects. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011;48(9):1049-60.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.10.0199
ResearcherID: Arnaud Faupin, PhD: F-2925-2011
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