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Pushrim biomechanical changes with progressive increases in slope during motorized treadmill manual wheelchair propulsion in individuals with spinal cord injury

Dany H. Gagnon, PT, PhD, et al.

The use of a motorized treadmill to assess and train manual wheelchair propulsion has gained great popularity over the past few years. Little is known about the effects of increasing the slope on the force applied at the pushrim. This study assessed the effects of five different slopes on the force applied with the nondominant hand on the pushrim during manual wheelchair propulsion on a motorized treadmill at a constant speed in individuals with a spinal cord injury. In general, these individuals grabbed their pushrim faster with their hand between strokes and applied greater forces on the pushrim as the slope of the treadmill increased during manual wheelchair propulsion.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.07.0168

Volume 51 Number 5, 2014
   Pages 789 — 802


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Gagnon DH, Babineau A, Champagne A, Desroches G, Aissaoui R. Pushrim biomechanical changes with progressive increases in slope during motorized treadmill manual wheelchair propulsion in individuals with spinal cord injury. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(5):789–802.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.07.0168
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