An instrumented wheel for kinetic analysis of wheelchair propulsion

H. W. Wu, L. J. Berglund, F. C. Su, B. Yu, A. Westreich, K. J. Kim, K. N. An

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An instrumented wheel system for three-dimensional kinetic analysis of upper extremity during wheelchair propulsion has been designed and validated. This system allows the direct measurements of three-dimensional dynamic forces and moments on the handrim during wheelchair propulsion in a laboratory setting as well as in the field. Static loading tests showed a high linearity and little drift (coefficient of determination, r2 > 0.999). Under dynamic loading, the instrumented wheel provided the well-matched measurement forces and moments with the predicted values from the inverse dynamic method using video-based kinematic data (correlation coefficient, ρ > 0.97). The three-dimensional handrim forces and moments during wheelchair propulsion by a non-disabled subject were demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-535
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Biomechanical Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Physiology (medical)


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