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The development and preliminary evaluation of a training device for wheelchair users: The GAME<sup>Wheels</sup> system

Fitzgerald, SG and Cooper, RA and Zipfel, E and Spaeth, DM and Puhlman, J and Kelleher, A and Cooper, R and Guo, S (2006) The development and preliminary evaluation of a training device for wheelchair users: The GAME<sup>Wheels</sup> system. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1 (1-2). 129 - 139. ISSN 1748-3107

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Purpose. Training of appropriate wheelchair propulsion methods may be beneficial to the individual who uses a wheelchair by reducing the incidence of pain and improving one's quality of life. This paper discusses the development and initial testing of a training device that was developed to aid in wheelchair propulsion techniques: GAMEWheels System. Methods. Two separate models of GAMEWheels have been developed: a GAMEWheels Clinical and a GAMEWheels Trainer. Details of the development process and the refinement have been included in this manuscript. To verify and compare the practicality and functionality of the two GAMEWheels systems, several focus groups were conducted: first to determine whether the systems could be set-up with informational materials and second to determine if the systems could be taught to novice users. Results. Results from the focus group indicate that the overall impressions of the systems were that they were fun to play. Suggestions were raised to improve the design, which have been incorporated into further refinement of the GAMEWheels systems. Conclusions. This paper provides an overview of the development of a wheelchair-training device. Valuable information was gained to improve the design of the GAMEWheels systems. © 2006 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Fitzgerald, SG
Zipfel, E
Spaeth, DM
Puhlman, J
Kelleher, Aakellehe@pitt.eduAKELLEHE
Cooper, Rcooperrm@pitt.eduCOOPERRM
Guo, S
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 December 2006
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Volume: 1
Number: 1-2
Page Range: 129 - 139
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/09638280500167639
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1748-3107
MeSH Headings: Energy Metabolism--physiology; Equipment Design; Exercise--physiology; Focus Groups; Human Engineering; Humans; Kinetics; Oxygen Consumption--physiology; Patient Satisfaction; User-Computer Interface; Video Games; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 19256176
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2012 18:21
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2021 11:55


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