HCC 741: Assistive Technology and Accessibility

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Modeling Wheelchair Propulsion (Due 9/25/12)


Published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development ,1990.



Author: amyhurst

Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in Human-Centered Computing and Assistive Technology

9 thoughts on “Modeling Wheelchair Propulsion (Due 9/25/12)

  1. How the wheelchair is designed for different sports in the Paralympic games to suit the user and the creation of other equipment designs such as seated throwing chairs, racing wheelchairs, and running prosthesis.

    These devices are linked in the article:

  2. I would like to discuss difficulties and adaptions for racing wheelchair users who have anthropometric differences.

  3. I would be interested in discussing adaptive sports and aging adults.

  4. The article mentions that there has been a shift from understanding wheelchairs to rehab to athletic performance, but what caused this shift? And what has been the impact on the disabled community?

  5. How does gender play into the design of racing wheelchairs?

  6. It will be interesting to see the kind of research and tools that can be developed in this space, following the models proposed my this paper.

  7. This article was written in 1990, and much has changed since then… I found this cool article of a guy who explains all of the details about his wheelchair and racing equipment… it’s meant as an introduction for newbies: http://www.howtoadapt.com/RacingWheelchair/RacingWheelchair.shtml
    I couldn’t find an answer to why the racers don’t use gears… does anyone know?

  8. With appropriate balancing, could “able-bodied” people also participate in wheelchair racing?

  9. At the end of the paper it is mentioned that instruments need to be developed to test the model for accuracy. It seems that this research is more along the lines of physics than HCC?

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