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PS3.4: Motor Learning Approach for Training Manual Wheelchair Users

This presentation will describe a manual wheelchair training program. Six participants completed a nine session training focusing on propulsion biomechanics and wheelchair skills. Trends in change of propulsion biomechanics related to a repetition-based motor learning approach for propelling a manual wheelchair were identified. The results of this study have clinical implications, as the motor learning principles used in the training program for this research could be applied to teaching manual wheelchair skills during rehabilitation.

 

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;

 

Faculty:

Sue Tucker, OTD, OTR/L, ATP
Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri
United States

Sue has worked as a clinical specialist for Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy for 13 years. She is certified as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP). She conducts research, teaches graduate-level courses, and performs clinical assessments and interventions. She is a specialist in seating and wheeled mobility assessment and training. Aside from her work for Washington University, Sue serves as Assistant Coach for UNITED STATES Wheelchair Rugby and has been coaching adaptive sports for 15 years.

Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L, ATP
Washington University
St. Louis, MO
United States

Joseph W. Klaesner, PhD
Washington University
St. Louis, MO
United States

Jack R. Engsberg, PhD
Washington University
St. Louis, MO
United States

 

References:

    1. Rice, I. M., Pohlig, R. T., Gallagher, J. D., & Boninger, M. L. (2013). Handrim wheelchair propulsion training effect on overground propulsion using biomechanical real-time visual feedback. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 94(2), 256-263.
    2. Rice, L. A., Smith, I., Kelleher, A. R., Greenwald, K., & Boninger, M. L. (2014). Impact of a wheelchair education protocol based on practice guidelines for preservation of upper-limb function: a randomized trial. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 95(1), 10-19.
    3. Sawatzky, B., DiGiovine, C., Berner, T., Roesler, T., & Katte, L. (2015). The need for updated clinical practice guidelines for preservation of upper extremities in manual wheelchair users: a position paper. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 94(4), 313-324.

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