Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health | Movement Disorders
Learning with the NuDrive lever-propelled wheelchair: the effects of 1 day learning on mechanical efficiency and push frequency
EG Jaspers, FJ Hettinga*, P Monden, LHV Van der Woude
*Corresponding author: FJ Hettinga
Human Movement Sciences, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Groningen, Netherlands
F1000Posters 2013, 4: 36 (poster) [English]
Poster [1.00 MB]
17th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Sciences (ECSS) 2012, 4 - 7 Jul 2012, P000
University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
Previous research has shown that lever-propelled wheelchairs are more efficient but also less practical than hand-rim propelled wheelchairs. The NuDrive lever system tried to make lever propulsion more practical by designing the levers to be lightweight and detachable. Experience has shown that people need some time to get acquainted with the NuDrive.
The present study is the first that focuses on learning mechanisms in lever-propelled wheelchairs. Efficiency improves with practice, and a clear learning effect was present after one day of practice with the NuDrive.
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