In this study, we determined and compared wheelchair mobility patterns for older veterans during the 28th National Veterans Wheelchair Games (Omaha, Nebraska), an organized sporting event, and during community use. Of the veterans participating in the study, 39 completed the study. Twenty-six were manual wheelchair (MWC) users and thirteen were power wheelchair (PWC) users. We collected data using wheelchair data-logging devices and veterans' participation in sporting events. Participants using MWCs showed significantly higher wheelchair-related mobility during the games than at their homes in terms of distance traveled and average speed of propulsion. The trend was the same for PWC users. The level of sporting event participation for MWC and PWC users was not significantly different. To develop strategies for improving wheelchair mobility and thus enhancing wheelchair users' overall participation, clinicians need to understand the factors associated with wheelchair use.
Volume 48 Number 9, 2011
Pages 1077 — 1086
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