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Centre of Gravity and Manual Wheelchairs

14/01/2014

​Last month, I wrote an introductory article on the different types, or categories, of manual wheelchairs available.  This month, let’s focus on centre of gravity and its application to manual wheelchairs.

The position of the rear wheel on a manual wheelchair relative to the frame effects the position of the centre of gravity and will impact the performance of the wheelchair.  The graphics below illustrate the position of the rear wheel along the horizontal plane, which changes the weight distribution between the rear wheel and the front casters.

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