Biomechanics of wheelchair propulsion

Chien Ju Lin, Po Chou Lin, Fong Chin Su, Kai Nan An

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Abstract

With progress of modern technology, manually-propelled wheelchairs are still of importance for individuals with mobility impairments. The repeated wheelchair propulsion and strenuous daily activities cause high loads and thus injuries on the upper extremity joints. Over the past few years, a considerable number of studies have been made on biomechanical analysis of wheelchair propulsion and wheelchair-related activities. Thorough investigation of biomechanics during wheelchair propulsion enhances comprehension of mechanism of injuries and provides information to improve wheelchair design and fitting. Numerous investigations have been made to demonstrate factors which cause low effectiveness of force application and inefficiency of movements. Emphasis was also placed on developing analytical models to simulate wheelchair propulsion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-242
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009

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Keywords

  • Biomechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Kinetics
  • Simulation
  • Wheelchair propulsion

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  • Biomedical Engineering

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Biomechanics of wheelchair propulsion. / Lin, Chien Ju; Lin, Po Chou; Su, Fong Chin; An, Kai Nan.

In: Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, Vol. 9, No. 2, 06.2009, p. 229-242.

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Lin, Chien Ju ; Lin, Po Chou ; Su, Fong Chin ; An, Kai Nan. / Biomechanics of wheelchair propulsion. In: Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology. 2009 ; Vol. 9, No. 2. pp. 229-242.
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