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Title: The Effect of Biofeedback on Learning the Wheelie Position on Manual Wheelchair
Authors: Pinti, Antonio
Belghoul, Atef
Watelain, Eric
El Hage, Zaher
Hage, Rawad El 
Affiliations: Department of Physical Education 
Keywords: Biofeedback
Manual Wheelchair
Motor Learning
Issue Date: 2023-06-29
Publisher: Springer
Part of: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Start page: 283
End page: 291
Conference: International Work-Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering, IWBBIO 2023 ( 10th : 12-14 July, 2023 : Meloneras )
The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of biofeedback (BFB) on manual wheelchair learning. The researchers conducted training sessions with two groups of participants, one using BFB and the other group without it (NBFB). The hypothesis was that BFB would reduce the learning time and help participants to achieve balance positions more quickly. The study enrolled 24 participants aged 24 ± 6 years old; they were divided into two groups of 12 subjects each (BFB and NBFB). The researchers also collected additional information about the participants, such as the sport they practiced, for future investigations. The data was collected using a non-contact electronic angular system placed directly on the wheelchair, measuring spatiotemporal parameters such as the angle between the wheelchair and the ground and the time at which this angle is reached. The results which are statistically significant (p < 0.05) were only obtained between early falling, learning time and number of trials. The study found that BFB did not seem to accelerate the learning time for the wheelie skill on manual wheelchair (BFB group). However, the BFB method could potentially reduce the number of trials using the manual wheelchair under (NBFB). In conclusion, the study showed that biofeedback may not necessarily accelerate the learning time for the wheelie skill on manual wheelchair but can help individuals to maintain balance positions with fewer trials. Further studies are required to confirm these results, as they only involved a small sample size. This study highlights the potential for using biofeedback as an effective tool for wheelchair training and could improve the quality of life of individuals with mobility impairments.
ISBN: 9783031349522
ISSN: 03029743
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-34953-9_22
Open URL: Link to full text
Type: Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:Department of Physical Education

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