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Evaluation of wheelchair resistive forces during straight and turning trajectories across different wheelchair configurations using free-wheeling coast-down test

Jui-Te Lin, MS, et al.

Reducing resistive forces while maneuvering manual wheelchairs will reduce propulsion effort and shoulder stress. Therefore, Veterans who use manual wheelchairs can benefit from the practical knowledge of how different configurations affect resistive forces. This new coast-down technique demonstrates a satisfactory repeatability and sensitivity for detecting deceleration changes during straight and turning trajectories. The results indicate that weight distribution has a greater effect on resistive forces than the wheelchair mass and that this effect varies between trajectories. Clinically, this study can serve as a good reference for evaluating resistive forces while selecting or configuring a manual wheelchair.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0235

Volume 52 Number 7, 2015
   Pages 763 — 774


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Lin J, Huang M, Sprigle S. Evaluation of wheelchair resistive forces during straight and turning trajectories across different wheelchair configurations using free-wheeling coast-down test. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015; 52(7):763–74.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0235
ResearcherID/ORCID: Jui-Te Lin, MS: K-8908-2015; Morris Huang, BSME: K-9311-2015; Stephen Sprigle, PhD, PT: 0000-0003-0462-0138
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