Short Tilte:Pushrim biomechanics and injury prevention in spinal cord injury: Recommendations based on CULP-SCI investigations
Journal:Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):05, 42, 3, 20-Sep
Article presents practical recommendations related to wheelchair setup and propulsion based on work completed at the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Veterans Administration for the Collaboration on Upper Limb Pain in SCI (CULP-SCI) study. Authors recommend that wheelchair users take long, smooth propulsive strokes that use as much of the pushrim as possible to minimize both the cadence and the peak forces applies. Lower peak force, slower cadence, and a circular propulsive stroke in which the hand falls below the pushrim during recovery may help prevent injury.