Expert users’ perceptions of racing wheelchair design and set up: The knowns, unknowns and next steps
journal contributionposted on 2016-11-07, 12:11 authored by Andrea Bundon, Barry Mason, Vicky Goosey-TolfreyVicky Goosey-Tolfrey
This paper demonstrates how a qualitative methodology can be used to gain novel insights into the demands of wheelchair racing and the impact of particular racing chair configurations on optimal sport performance via engagement with expert users (wheelchair racers, coaches and manufacturers). We specifically explore how expert users understand how wheels, tires and bearings impact upon sport performance and how they engage, implement or reject evidence-based research pertaining to these components. We identify areas where participants perceive there to be an immediate need for more research especially pertaining to the ability to make individualized recommendations for athletes. The findings from this project speak to the value of a qualitative research design for capturing the embodied knowledge of expert users and also make suggestions for ‘next step’ projects pertaining to wheels, tires and bearings drawn directly from the comments of participants.
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Published inAdapted Physical Activity Quarterly
CitationBUNDON, A., MASON, B.S. and GOOSEY-TOLFREY, V.L., 2017. Expert users’ perceptions of racing wheelchair design and set up: The knowns, unknowns and next steps. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 34 (2), pp.141-161.
Publisher© Human Kinetics Publishing as accepted for publication
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NotesAccepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 34 (2), pp.141-161, https://doi.org/10.1123/apaq.2016-0073