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PO1.16: Proper Wheelchair Measurement and Fit

According to the most recent report conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, over 3.6 million Americans over the age of 15 years have used a wheelchair (Brault, 2012). The need for impaired mobility and wheeled accessibility is growing, however, individuals are frequently placed in inadequate seating positions and devices. Accurate measurement and fit are crucial to improving functional performance (Cooper, 2006; Sprigle, 2014). Proper seating ergonomics have been studied to determine normal body mechanics for comfort and prophylactic care of individuals (Boninger, 2000; Mercer, 2006). Many research studies have being conducted to provide wheelchair users with safe and functional devices for mobility and accessibility; however, individuals are frequently placed in incompatible chairs causing pain and dysfunction after repeated use. Although precise measurement and fit are essential, proper seat position and propulsion patterns are also fundamental to safe mobility and functional performance (Boninger, 2002; Woude, 2001). This paper summarizes research targeted at optimizing appropriate body mechanics and ergonomics to provide safe and functional mobility.

 

Learning Objectives:

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

 

Faculty:

Rachel Arata-Maiers, OTS
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
United States

Rachel Arata-Maiers is a Research Assistant at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and a second year occupational therapy student. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University.

Brian Zita, OTS
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

I am an occupational therapy student at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. I am a research assistant with Dr. Ana Allegretti, and facilitate her with the Go Baby Go project. I am interested in obtaining the ATP certification after graduation, and specializing in seating and mobility.

Ana Allegretti, PhD, OTR, ATP
University of Texas Health Sciences San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
United States

Dr. Ana Allegretti, is an occupational therapist, currently working as an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Sciences in San Antonio. Currently Dr. Allegretti is working in research projects related to assistive technology and patient satisfaction. Dr. Allegretti is a member of AOTA, TOTA and RESNA. She has an Assistive Technology Professional credential and has presented in several national and international conferences.

 

References:

    1. Boninger, M.L., Baldwin, M., Cooper, R. A., Koontz. A.M., & Chan, L. (2000). Manual wheelchair pushrim biomechanics and axle position. the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 81.
    2. Boninger, M.L., Souza, A. L., Cooper, R. A., Fitzgerald, S. G., Koontz. A.M., & Fay, B. T. (2002). Propulsion patterns and pushrim biomechanics in manual wheelchair propulsion. Medical Engineering & Physics, 83.
    3. Brault, M. W. (2012). Americans with disabilities. Current Population Reports. U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration.



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