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Volume 49 Number 1, 2012
   Pages 75 — 82

Abstract — Pilot study for quantifying driving characteristics during power wheelchair soccer

Amit Kumar, MS, PT;1–2 Amol M. Karmarkar, PhD;3 Diane M. Collins, PhD;2 Ana Souza, MS, PT;1–2 Michelle L. Oyster, MS;1,4 Rosemarie Cooper, MPT;1–2 Rory A. Cooper, PhD1–2,4*
1Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Department of Veterans Affairs, Pittsburgh, PA; 2Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; 3Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX; 4Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Abstract–This study determined the driving characteristics of wheelchair users during power wheelchair soccer games. Data for this study were collected at the 28th and 29th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Nineteen veterans who were 18 years or older and power wheelchair soccer players completed a brief demographic survey and provided information about their power wheelchairs. A customized data-logging device was placed on each participant–s wheelchair before power soccer game participation. The data logger was removed at the end of the final game for each participant. The average distance traveled during the games was 899.5 +/– 592.5 m, and the average maximum continuous distance traveled was 256.0 +/– 209.4 m. The average wheelchair speed was 0.8 +/– 0.2 m/s, and the average duration of driving time was 17.6 +/– 8.3 min. Average proportion of time spent at a speed >1 m/s was 30.7% +/– 33.8%, between 0.5 and 1 m/s was 16.2% +/– 34.4%, and <0.5 m/s was 21.4% +/– 24.3%. The information from this descriptive study provides insight for future research in the field of adapted sports for people with high levels of impairments who use power wheelchairs for their mobility.

Key words: activity, adapted sports, data logger, disability, mobility, National Veterans Wheelchair Games, power wheelchair, rehabilitation, veterans, wheelchair users.

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Kumar A, Karmarkar AM, Collins DM, Souza A, Oyster ML, Cooper R, Cooper RA. Pilot study for quantifying driving characteristics during power wheelchair soccer. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(1):75–82.

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