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Practice improves court mobility and self-efficacy in tennis-specific wheelchair propulsion

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posted on 29.04.2020, 15:02 by Paul Sindall, John Lenton, Barry Mason, Keith TolfreyKeith Tolfrey, Rory Cooper, Kathleen Martin Ginis, Vicky Goosey-TolfreyVicky Goosey-Tolfrey
Purpose: Wheelchair tennis (WT) chair propulsion is uniquely characterised by the requirement for racket-holding coupled with effective hand-rim contact. Thus, investigations involving strategies to enhance chair mobility skills are merited. The aim was to examine effects of organised practice on WT match-play responses and the impact of racket-holding during practice.
Materials and methods: Following physiological profiling involving graded and peak exercise testing, sixteen able-bodied (AB) participants performed bouts of WT match-play interspersed with practice involving wheelchair mobility drills completed with (R) or without (NR) a tennis racket. A data logger recorded distance and speed. Self-efficacy was reported.
Results and conclusions: Significant main effects for match revealed higher post-practice overall and forwards distances (P < 0.05), peak (P < 0.005) and average (P < 0.05) speeds, and self-efficacy (SE) (P = 0.001) were attained. During practice, lower distances and speeds were achieved with R, with a lower physiological cost than NR. Practice increases court-movement and SE with no associated increases in physiological cost. Changes represent enhanced court-mobility. Differences between practice characteristics provide options for skill development and optimisation of health outcomes.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology

Volume

16

Issue

4

Pages

398-406

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology on 15 May 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17483107.2020.1761892.

Acceptance date

24/04/2020

Publication date

2020-05-15

ISSN

1748-3107

eISSN

1748-3115

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Vicky Tolfrey. Deposit date: 28 April 2020