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Measuring handrim wheelchair propulsion in the lab: a critical analysis of stationary ergometers

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posted on 19.09.2019, 12:23 by Rick de Klerk, Riemer Vegter, Vicky Goosey-TolfreyVicky Goosey-Tolfrey, Barry Mason, John Lenton, Dirkjan HEJ Veeger, Lucas van der Woude
There are many ways to simulate handrim wheelchair propulsion in the laboratory. Ideally, these would be able to, at least mechanically, simulate field conditions. This narrative review provides an overview of the lab-based equipment used in published research and critically assesses their ability to simulate and measure wheelchair propulsion performance. A close connection to the field can only be achieved if the instrument can adequately simulate frictional losses and inertia of real-life handrim wheelchair propulsion, while maintaining the ergonomic properties of the wheelchair-user interface. Lab-based testing is either performed on a treadmill or a wheelchair ergometer (WCE). For this study WCEs were divided into three categories: roller, flywheel, and integrated ergometers. In general, treadmills are mechanically realistic, but cannot simulate air drag and acceleration tasks cannot be performed; roller ergometers allow the use of the personal wheelchair, but calibration can be troublesome; flywheel ergometers can be built with commerciallyavailable parts, but inertia is fixed and the personal wheelchair cannot be used; integrated ergometers do not employ the personal wheelchair, but are suited for the implementation of different simulation models and detailed measurements. Lab-based equipment is heterogeneous and there appears to be little consensus on how to simulate field conditions.

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Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland (OPSNN0109)

PPP-allowance of the Top consortia for Knowledge and Innovation of the Ministry of Economic Affairs

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering

Volume

13

Pages

199 - 211

Publisher

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. For more information, see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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16/09/2019

Publication date

2019-10-31

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1937-3333

eISSN

1941-1189

Language

en

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Prof Vicky Tolfrey

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