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A comparison between intermittent and constant wheelchair propulsion strategies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16950724     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of different synchronous push strategies on physiological parameters and temporal timing characteristics. Eight novice male able-bodied participants completed four counter-balanced conditions: two push strategies (constant pushing) and intermittent pushing (INT) at two push frequencies (40 and 70 pushes/min) at 27 W. The ANOVA main effects for frequency indicated that regardless of push strategy, oxygen cost and mechanical efficiency increased with an increase in push frequency (p < 0.01). The INT40 strategy resulted in the lowest heart rate (115 +/- 19 beats/min). With increased frequency the push angle was reduced (91 degrees vs. 78 degrees respectively) and the push was initiated at a more anterior position of the wheel (p < 0.05). The results suggest that regardless of push strategy, the over-riding factor that influences both the physiological and timing parameters measured was push frequency.
Victoria L Goosey-Tolfrey; John P Lenton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ergonomics     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0014-0139     ISO Abbreviation:  Ergonomics     Publication Date:  2006 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-04     Completed Date:  2006-11-14     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373220     Medline TA:  Ergonomics     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1111-20     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Department of Exercise and Sport Science, Institute of Biophysical and Clinical Research into Human Movement, Manchester Metropolitan University, Alsager, UK.
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Man-Machine Systems*

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