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How Well do you Wheel?

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW WELL YOU WHEEL?

 

LEARN TIPS ON HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR TECHNIQUE

 

Many manual wheelchair users will eventually experience shoulder pain as a result of overuse injuries. It is believed that wheeling strategy and the ability to properly perform skills plays a role in whether or not a manual wheelchair user will experience shoulder pain.

 

We would like to evaluate your wheelchair skills and study how you wheel with respect to forces applied to the wheelchair and other wheeling characteristics  including your speed and the frequency that you push at.

 

If you are interested in participating in this study, you will come to ICORD Blusson Spinal Cord Centre for 1 testing session lasting approximately one hour. You will complete a wheelchair skills course and wheel on different surfaces using a special "Smart wheel" attached to your wheelchair. At the end of the testing session you will be given a report of your results to take home. 

 

You may be eligible to participate if:

  • You use a manual wheelchair
  • You are over 6 years of age
  • You have 22”, 24” or 25” wheels on your wheelchair

 

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please call the project coordinator, Megan at 604.675.8856 or Dr. Sawatzky at 604.675.8806

megank84@interchange.ubc.ca