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Pilot study for quantifying driving characteristics during power wheelchair soccer

Kumar, A and Karmarkar, AM and Collins, DM and Souza, A and Oyster, ML and Cooper, R and Cooper, RA (2012) Pilot study for quantifying driving characteristics during power wheelchair soccer. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 49 (1). 75 - 82. ISSN 0748-7711

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This study determined the driving characteristics of wheelchair users during power wheelchair soccer games. Data for this study were collected at the 28th and 29th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Nineteen veterans who were 18 years or older and power wheelchair soccer players completed a brief demographic survey and provided information about their power wheelchairs. A customized data-logging device was placed on each participant's wheelchair before power soccer game participation. The data logger was removed at the end of the final game for each participant. The average distance traveled during the games was 899.5 +/- 592.5 m, and the average maximum continuous distance traveled was 256.0 +/- 209.4 m. The average wheelchair speed was 0.8 +/- 0.2 m/s, and the average duration of driving time was 17.6 +/- 8.3 min. Average proportion of time spent at a speed >1 m/s was 30.7% +/- 33.8%, between 0.5 and 1 m/s was 16.2% +/- 34.4%, and <0.5 m/s was 21.4% +/- 24.3%. The information from this descriptive study provides insight for future research in the field of adapted sports for people with high levels of impairments who use power wheelchairs for their mobility.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kumar, A
Karmarkar, AM
Collins, DM
Souza, A
Oyster, ML
Cooper, Rcooperrm@pitt.eduCOOPERRM
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 7 March 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Volume: 49
Number: 1
Page Range: 75 - 82
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1682/jrrd.2010.09.0191
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0748-7711
MeSH Headings: Activities of Daily Living; Adult; Aged; Data Collection; Disabled Persons--rehabilitation; Equipment Design; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Pilot Projects; Quality of Life; Soccer; Socioeconomic Factors; Task Performance and Analysis; Veterans; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 22492339
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 15:53
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:56


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