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Quantification of activity during wheelchair basketball and rugby at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games: A pilot study

Sporner, ML and Grindle, GG and Kelleher, A and Teodorski, EE and Cooper, R and Cooper, RA (2009) Quantification of activity during wheelchair basketball and rugby at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games: A pilot study. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 33 (3). 210 - 217. ISSN 0309-3646

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To date, no published data exists on distances and speeds traveled by rugby or basketball players during game play. The purpose of this study was to provide quantitative information of selected characteristics of wheelchair basketball and rugby game play. A miniaturized data logger was used to collect the distance traveled, average velocity, activity time, and number of starts and stops during basketball and rugby games. Participants were recruited prior to wheelchair basketball and rugby tournaments during the 2007 and 2008 National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Inclusion criteria were age 18 years or older and been participating in wheelchair basketball or rugby. The wheelchair rugby athletes on average traveled 2364.78±956.35 meters at 1.33±0.25 m/sec with 242.61±80.31 stops and starts in 29.98±11.79min of play per game. The wheelchair basketball athletes on average traveled 2679.52±1103.66m at 1.48±0.13 m/sec with 239.78±60.61 stops and starts in 30.28±9.59min of play per game. Previous research has not reported basketball or rugby game play variables such as these, making this data set unique. The information could be used by players and coaches to create training protocols to better prepare for game conditions. © 2009 ISPO.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sporner, ML
Grindle, GGggg3@pitt.eduGGG3
Kelleher, Aakellehe@pitt.eduAKELLEHE
Teodorski, EE
Cooper, Rcooperrm@pitt.eduCOOPERRM
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 September 2009
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
Volume: 33
Number: 3
Page Range: 210 - 217
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/03093640903051816
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0309-3646
MeSH Headings: Adult; Basketball; Biomechanics; Female; Football; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Motor Activity--physiology; Physical Exertion--physiology; Pilot Projects; United States; Veterans; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 19658011
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2012 19:10
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:56


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