Abstract Information


Advancements in our understanding of manual wheelchair biomechanics: Daily life and Sport

1Morrow M, 2McNitt-Gray J, 3Rice I
1Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA; 2USC, Los Angeles, CA, USA; 3University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, USA

Length of Course: 60 (Short)

Number of individuals proposed: 3

Type of Course: Instructional Course/Symposium (short)

This symposium will focus on advancements in capturing the biomechanics of manual wheelchair use in the daily life and sport participation of adults with spinal cord injury. The panel will explore the use of measurement tools and methodologies that enable data collection beyond the standard laboratory setting and will provide results from the implementation of these systems with manual wheelchair users. The panel will provide recommendations for best practices in data collection, share results from completed and ongoing studies, and discuss future directions for advancement in the field. Course content will include capturing shoulder function and propulsion technique in daily life with wearable sensors (accelerometers and inertial measurement units), the impact of wheelchair configuration changes on propulsion technique and shoulder loading, and wheelchair racing glove technology. The course will conclude with an open discussion between the panel and attendees to explore how these new insights into measurement that goes beyond wheelchair propulsion can be used to improve clinical practice.

Course Chair:
Melissa Morrow, PhD
Associate consultant, Assistant Professor
Health Sciences Research
Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery
Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center
Mayo Clinic

Jill McNitt-Gray, PhD
Gabilan Distinguished Professor in Science and Engineering
Departments of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
University of Southern California

Ian Rice, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Kinesiology and Community Health
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Funding Sources
NIH (NICHD), Neilsen Foundation, DoD CDMRP, Rancho Los Amigos Research Institute, Paralyzed Veterans of America

Draft Agenda
0:00- 0:15: Shoulder function of manual wheelchair users during daily life (Melissa Morrow)
0:15- 0:30: The impact of wheelchair configuration changes on propulsion technique and shoulder loading (Jill McNitt-Gray)
0:30 -0:45: Wheelchair racing glove technology & new tools/methodologies to measure propulsion (Ian Rice)
0:45 - 0:60: Discussion


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