From a biomechanical point of view, the propulsion of a racing wheelchair is fundamentally different to the propulsion of a standard wheelchair: the positionning of the athlete, the shape of the wheelchair and wheels, the grip between the hand and the handrim, all differ significantly. Therefore, biomechanical studies of standard wheelchair propulsion are hardly transferable to racing wheelchair. This project aims to:

  1. Create the required instrumentation to collect racing biomechanical data;
  2. Analyze the propulsion of a racing wheelchair and simulate the effect of altering the positionning and propulsion technique of the athlete;
  3. Train the athlete following the simulation results.