Engineering better wheelchairs to enhance community participation

Rory A. Cooper, Michael L. Boninger, Donald M. Spaeth, Dan Ding, Songfeng Guo, Alicia M. Koontz, Shirley G. Fitzgerald, Rosemarie Cooper, Annmarie Kelleher, Diane Collins

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Abstract

With about 2.2 million Americans currently using wheeled mobility devices, wheelchairs are frequently provided to people with impaired mobility to provide accessibility to the community. Individuals with spinal cord injuries, arthritis, balance disorders, and other conditions or diseases are typical users of wheelchairs. However, secondary injuries and wheelchair-related accidents are risks introduced by wheelchairs. Research is underway to advance wheelchair design to prevent or accommodate secondary injuries related to propulsion and transfer biomechanics, while improving safe, functional performance and accessibility to the community. This paper summarizes research and development underway aimed at enhancing safety and optimizing wheelchair design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7
Pages (from-to)438-455
Number of pages18
JournalIEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Wheelchairs
Biomechanics
Wounds and Injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries
Research
Biomechanical Phenomena
Propulsion
Arthritis
Accidents
Community Participation
Safety
Equipment and Supplies

Keywords

  • Biomechanics
  • Controls
  • Human-machine interfaces
  • Rehabilitation engineering
  • Wheelchair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Health Professions(all)

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Engineering better wheelchairs to enhance community participation. / Cooper, Rory A.; Boninger, Michael L.; Spaeth, Donald M.; Ding, Dan; Guo, Songfeng; Koontz, Alicia M.; Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Cooper, Rosemarie; Kelleher, Annmarie; Collins, Diane.

In: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Vol. 14, No. 4, 7, 12.2006, p. 438-455.

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Cooper, RA, Boninger, ML, Spaeth, DM, Ding, D, Guo, S, Koontz, AM, Fitzgerald, SG, Cooper, R, Kelleher, A & Collins, D 2006, 'Engineering better wheelchairs to enhance community participation', IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, vol. 14, no. 4, 7, pp. 438-455. https://doi.org/10.1109/TNSRE.2006.888382
Cooper, Rory A. ; Boninger, Michael L. ; Spaeth, Donald M. ; Ding, Dan ; Guo, Songfeng ; Koontz, Alicia M. ; Fitzgerald, Shirley G. ; Cooper, Rosemarie ; Kelleher, Annmarie ; Collins, Diane. / Engineering better wheelchairs to enhance community participation. In: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. 2006 ; Vol. 14, No. 4. pp. 438-455.
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