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Assessment of field rolling resistance of manual wheelchairs

Christophe Sauret, PhD, et al.


Figure 1. Representation of rear wheel rolling resistance parameter, which is fore-aft length between theoretical and real centers of pressure during rolling. is ground reaction force applied on rear wheel.

Pushing a manual wheelchair is strenuous and frequently causes muscle and joint problems. Roll- ing resistance during manual wheelchair propulsion also causes energy loss that decreases users’ ability to get around and increases their risk of musculoskel- etal pain and injuries. This article presents a method for evaluating subject-specific rolling resistances with respect to the types and sizes of front and rear wheels and the fore-aft distribution of the total mass. The method is easy to use and could be used clini- cally to ensure that the most appropriate wheels and wheelchair adjustments are chosen.

Volume 49 Number 1, 2012
   Pages 63 — 74


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Sauret C, Bascou J, de Saint Rémy N, Pillet H, Vaslin P, Lavaste F. Assessment of field rolling resistance of manual wheelchairs. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(1):63–74.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.03.0050
ResearcherID: Christophe Sauret, PhD: H-2410-2011; Joseph Bascou, MS: H-2414-2011.
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