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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