Time to Immobilize!By Cooper, Rory A., PhD; Cooper, Rosemary; Sports 'N Spokes, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 34-42
Publication Date: March 2003
Paper discussing innovations and improvements to commercially available wheelchairs, including the use of titanium, suspension chairs, and wheelchair customization. Titanium chairs are an attractive option because they are among the lightest manual wheelchairs available. Their lightweight design makes them easier to store in vehicles, and it makes them easier to propel. Titanium is resistant to abrasion, so less scratching from wear will appear on the chair. Suspension chairs have been developed to reduce the negative effects of shock and vibration experienced during wheelchair use. Extended periods of rough vibrations can lead to rider discomfort and a variety of harmful physiological side effects. Customization has resulted in wheelchairs that better fit their users. Custom wheelchairs could possibly increase mobility and reduce the risk of developing secondary conditions associated with long-term manual-wheelchair use. A list of eight wheelchair manufacturers is provided: (1) Colours ‘N Motion, (2) Eagle Sportschairs, (3) Invacare Top End, (4) Mobility Vision, (5) New Hall’s Wheels, (6) RGK Wheelchairs, (7) Sunrise Medical, and (8) TiLite. Photos of specific models are included.
Published by: PVA Publications (Website:http://www.pvamagazines.com)
Paralyzed Veterans of America (Web Site: http://www.pva.org )