Wheelchair ambulation: Biomechanics and ergonomic considerations

L.H.V. van der Woude, S. de Groot, H.E.J. Veeger, S. van Drongelen, T.W.J. Janssen

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    States and Europe may be extrapolated to, respectively, a rough 2.6 and 3.9 million-on average elderly-people. The majority of these people will use a self-or assistant-propelled manual wheelchair. This chapter will focus on the selfpropelled wheelchair. By nature, the use of the upper-body and arms, a limited (age-related) fi tness, and the impairment itself, a wheelchair-confi ned lifestyle will hamper individual mobility and participation. Simmons et al. [152] conclude their study “Wheelchairs as mobility restraints…“ with: “Improving wheelchair skills with targeted intervention programs, along with making wheelchairs more 'user friendly' … could result in more wheelchair propulsion with resultant improvements in the resident's independence, freedom of movement and quality of life.“.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationErgonomics for Rehabilitation Professionals
    Editors Shrawan Kumar
    Place of PublicationBoca Raton, FL
    PublisherCRC Press
    Number of pages41
    ISBN (Electronic)9780849382697
    ISBN (Print)9780849381461, 9781138113244
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


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