Submaximal physical strain and peak performance in handcycling versus handrim wheelchair propulsion

A.J. Dallmeijer, I.D. Zentgraaff, N.I. Zijp, L.H.V. van der Woude

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    Abstract

    Study design: Experimental study in subjects with paraplegia and nondisabled subjects. Objective: To compare submaximal physical strain and peak performance in handcycling and handrim wheelchair propulsion in wheelchair-dependent and nondisabled control subjects Setting: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Methods: Nine male subjects with paraplegia and 10 nondisabled male subjects performed two exercise tests on a motor-driven treadmill using a handrim wheelchair and attach-unit handcycle system. The exercise protocol consisted of two 4-min submaximal exercise bouts at 25 and 35 W, followed by 1-min exercise bouts with increasing power output until exhaustion. Results: Analysis of variance for repeated measures showed a significantly lower oxygen uptake (VO2), ventilation (Ve), heart rate (HR), rate of perceived exertion and a higher gross efficiency for handcycling at 35 W in both subject groups, while no significant differences were found at 25 W. Peak power output and peak VO
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)91-98
    JournalSpinal Cord
    Volume42
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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