Manual wheelchair users maneuver their chairs
throughout the day and within many different environments.
Efficient wheelchair maneuvering is important
to reduce fatigue and lessen the strain put on
the shoulders during bouts of movement. Turning
a wheelchair requires more effort than propelling a
wheelchair over a straight path. By understanding
the effect of various wheelchair configurations on
turning resistance, wheelchair users and their clinicians
can be better informed about wheelchair performance.
Selecting wheelchairs that offer the necessary
features while also being easier to propel can
lead to better functioning and lesser likelihood of
fatigue and excessive shoulder stress.
Volume 50 Number 10, 2013
Pages 1353 — 1362
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