Rigidity in a manual wheelchair allows for greater efficiency of propulsion as the energy of propulsion is directed towards movement, rather than being lost in any flex in the wheelchair. There are numerous factors that can contribute to rigidity in a folding frame wheelchair, including the design of the cross-brace; the choice of seat saddle position in a modular frame wheelchair; the option of a fixed front end, particularly when combined with a flip-up platform; the use of a stabilizer bar; and the prescription of a firm back support.
In September of 2015, I wrote an article for Clinical Corner, entitled “Best Practices in Seating and Mobility Assessments”. As outlined in that article, the following concepts were found to be necessary for best practices in seating and mobility assessments: experience; hands-on techniques; skills; technology; resources; self-directed learning; follow-up; and consumer relationships.1 The article expanded on each of the concepts. Click here for a link to the article. This month, let’s take a second look at some of the best practices in seating and mobility assessments, specifically technology and resources. Let’s also consider why we should take a second look at products and technology.
Handout Wheelchair Sports Webinar
Bariatric Measurement Chart