New Wheelie Aid For Wheelchairs: Controlled Trial of Safety and EfficacyBy Kirby, R. Lee; Lugar, Judy; RESNA 2000: Technology for the New Millenium, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 411-413
Study examining the safety of a self-deploying wheelie aid, and its effects on the learning of wheelie skills. Safety was measured using test dummies, while effects on learning were examined by teaching 14 wheelie skills to 42 participants. Twelve participants were wheelchair users, and thirty were non-users randomly placed in a group of participants either using the wheelie aid, or a group using a standard wheelchair. Results indicated that the device provided stability and wheelie-like function without interfering with maneuverability. Participants in both groups were equally successful in learning the wheelie skills, but the wheelie aid group learned to wheelie at a faster rate with less difficulty.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J41679