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Title: Evaluation of a wheelchair prototype with non-conventional, manual propulsion
Other Titles: Évaluation dun prototype de fauteuil roulant avec une technique non-conventionnelle de propulsion manuelle
Authors: Rifai Sarraj, Ahmad
Massarelli, Raphael
Rigal, François
Moussa, Elie 
Jacob, Christophe 
Fazah, Abdallah
Kabbara, Mazen
Affiliations: Department of Physical Education 
Department of Physical Education 
Keywords: Wheelchairs
Manual propulsion
Subjects: Questionnaires
Issue Date: 2010
Part of: Journal of annals of physical and rehabilitation medicine
Volume: 53
Issue: 2
Start page: 105
End page: 117
Objective To evaluate the results of a user satisfaction questionnaire on a new type of lever-propelled wheelchair designed to avoid the discomfort and potential repetitive strain injuries related to conventional hand-rim propulsion. Methods Seventeen participants filled out a questionnaire to rate their conventional wheelchair and the prototype (after 2 days use) in terms of comfort, adjustability, steering/ride, manoeuvrability, stability when crossing obstacles, safety, weight, size, portability and appearance. Overall satisfaction was also scored. Results According to the user questionnaire results, the lever-propelled prototype chair was rated as significantly superior than conventional wheelchairs in terms of comfort, safety and overall satisfaction. The prototype was rated significantly inferior in terms of size, adaptability, appearance and crossing obstacles. Conclusion We conclude that the prototype wheelchair is highly acceptable and comfortable and can be recommended to disabled sportspersons. The prototype's weak points are mainly related to ergonomic aspects, which could be improved in future models.
DOI: 10.1016/
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Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Department of Physical Education

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