About one manual wheelchair user out of two is at risk of developing shoulder pain during his life. A wheelchair simulator allows analyzing the user’s propulsion technique and allows training the user to learn new propulsion techniques that reduce the shoulder load. Reducing the shoulder load coud reduce the risk of pain of musculoskeletal disorders.
During my PhD thesis at he Imaging and Orthopaedics Research Lab (LIO), École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), I designed such a simulator that modifies the user’s propulsion technique via haptic biofeedback. This simulator is presented in this video (in French):
Since 2018, I lead the structuring project WheelSims, funded by INTER. This project aims to structure and coordinate the development of wheelchair simulators in Quebec. It will directly contribute to the development of a new wheelchair simulator at the Institut universitaire sur la réadaptation en déficience physique de Montréal.