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Title: Effects of camber on the ergonomics of propulsion in wheelchair athletes
Authors: Mason, Barry S.
van der Woude, Lucas H.V.
de Groot, Sonja
Goosey-Tolfrey, Victoria L.
Keywords: Wheelchair configuration
Wheelchair propulsion
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins / © American College of Sports Medicine
Citation: MASON, B. ... et al, 2011. Effects of camber on the ergonomics of propulsion in wheelchair athletes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 43 (2), pp. 319 - 326.
Abstract: Purpose: To examine the effects of rear-wheel camber on the physiological and biomechanical responses during manual wheelchair propulsion in highly trained wheelchair athletes. Methods: Participants (N = 14) pushed on a motorized treadmill (2.2 m·s-1, 0.7% gradient) in four standardized camber conditions (15°, 18°, 20°, and 24°). Standardization was achieved by controlling seat height, the distance between top dead center of the main wheels and "toe-in toe-out" across all camber settings. Power output (PO) and cardiorespiratory measures were collected for each camber setting. Three-dimensional upper body joint kinematics were also analyzed via two high-speed video cameras (100 Hz). One-way ANOVA with repeated measures was applied to all data with statistical significance accepted when P < 0.05. Results: A significantly higher PO was observed for 24° camber (24.3 W) in relation to 15° (20.3 W) and 18° (21.3 W), and also for 20° (23.3 W) in relation to 15°. This resulted in an improvement in mechanical efficiency (ME) for both 24° (6.8%) and 20° (6.7%) compared with 15° (5.9%). However, significantly higher oxygen uptake (reduced economy) and HR responses were observed for 24° (1.04 L·min-1; 105 bpm) compared with 15° (0.98 L·min-1; 102 bpm) and 18° (0.97 L·min-1; 102 bpm). Also, significantly greater ranges of motion were established for shoulder flexion and elbow extension during the push phase for 24° and were likely to have contributed toward the increased oxygen cost in this setting. Conclusions: This study revealed that 20° and 24° camber improved the ME of wheelchair propulsion in highly trained wheelchair athletes, yet these increased external power requirements and reduced the economy.
Description: This article is closed access.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181edf973
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15047
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181edf973
ISSN: 0195-9131
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