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Title: Expert users’ perceptions of racing wheelchair design and set up: The knowns, unknowns and next steps
Authors: Bundon, A.
Mason, Barry S.
Goosey-Tolfrey, Victoria L.
Keywords: Wheelchair sport
Qualitative inquiry
Wheelchair athletics
Research methodology
Paralympics
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Human Kinetics Publishing as accepted for publication
Citation: BUNDON, 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.
Abstract: 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.
Description: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 34 (2), pp.141-161, https://doi.org/10.1123/apaq.2016-0073
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1123/apaq.2016-0073
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23080
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1123/apaq.2016-0073
ISSN: 1543-2777
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

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