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Changes in inertia and effect on turning effort
across different wheelchair configurations

Jayme J. Caspall, MS, et al.

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.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.12.0219

Volume 50 Number 10, 2013
   Pages 1353 — 1362


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Caspall JJ, Seligsohn E, Dao PV, Sprigle S. Changes in inertia and effect on turning effort across different wheelchair configurations. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(10): 1353–62.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.12.0219
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