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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