Effects of rugby wheelchair design on output velocity and acceleration

Clara Cristina Usma-Alvarez, Franz Konstantin Fuss, Aleksandar Subic
2011 Procedia Engineering  
The effects of specific wheelchair design parameters on performance improvement in wheelchair rugby in particular have not been described nor defined in research literature to date. The interaction between the wheelchair and the athlete is difficult to comprehend. With the aim of exploring the influence of wheelchair design variations on acceleration and velocity values for wheelchair rugby athletes, RMIT University research team has developed a purpose-built fully adjustable wheelchair frame
more » ... r use with a wheelchair ergometer. These two instruments used in conjunction, allow valid and reliable data collection in controlled experiments. This paper presents a case study describing a novel method developed for quantitative analysis of the effects of variations of vertical and horizontal seat, and wheelchair camber angle on the performance of an elite athlete during wheelchair propulsion on a static ergometer.
doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2011.05.091 fatcat:sfsr3muzhvfo3jlwa6oychgmrq