Power output and energy cost: crucial measures to understand motor skill learning in handrim wheelchair propulsion

Authors

  • Lucas H. V. van der Woude University of Groningen, University Medical center Groningen, Center for Human Movement Sciences, Groningen, The Netherlands; University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Rehabilitation, Groningen, The Netherlands; Peter Harrison Center for Disability Sport, School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK - [email protected]
  • Rachel E. Cowan University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
  • Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey Peter Harrison Center for Disability Sport, School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  • Félix Chénier Department of Physical Activity Science, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montreal, Canada
  • Ursina Arnet Swiss Paraplegic Research, Notwill, Switzerland
  • Riemer J. K. Vegter University of Groningen, University Medical center Groningen, Center for Human Movement Sciences, Groningen, The Netherlands; Peter Harrison Center for Disability Sport, School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20338/bjmb.v16i1.261

Keywords:

Handrim, Wheelchair, Skill, Rehabilitation, Adapted sports

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This current opinion is a call for standardization of measurements of manual wheeling ability among larger and diverse populations to support our understanding of motor control and learning.

VIEW OF THE PAST: Handrim wheelchair propulsion remains the most common mode of wheeled ambulation and has stood the test of time as a practical upper-body alternative to walking.

CURRENT STATE: Two theoretical models appeared useful in understanding the demands on the wheelchair-user combination and the role of motor skill acquisition: Power Balance Model and Constraint-based Approach.

FUTURE PERSPECTIVE: Power output and energy cost measures are crucial mediators in the development of a motor control theory of cyclic motions in rehabilitation, adapted sports and beyond.

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Published

2022-06-01

How to Cite

van der Woude, L. H. V., Cowan, R. E. ., Goosey-Tolfrey, V., Chénier, F., Arnet, U., & Vegter, R. J. K. (2022). Power output and energy cost: crucial measures to understand motor skill learning in handrim wheelchair propulsion. Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior, 16(2), 94–97. https://doi.org/10.20338/bjmb.v16i1.261

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