A high sample rate, wireless instrumented wheel for measuring 3D pushrim kinetics of a racing wheelchair

Chénier, Félix; Pelland-Leblanc, Jean-Philippe; Parrinello, Antoine; Marquis, Etienne et Rancourt, Denis (2020). « A high sample rate, wireless instrumented wheel for measuring 3D pushrim kinetics of a racing wheelchair ». Medical Engineering & Physics.

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In wheelchair racing, measuring pushrim kinetics such as propulsion forces and moments is paramount for improving performance and preventing injuries. However, there is currently no instrumented racing wheel that records 3D pushrim kinetics wirelessly and at a high sample rate, which is necessary for accurately analyzing wheelchair racing biomechanics. In this work, we present an instrumented wheel that measures 3D kinetics at 2500 Hz. Bidirectional wireless communication is used to interface the wheel through a smart phone. The wheel was tested with a world-class racing athlete who propelled at maximal acceleration and maximal speed on a training roller. During acceleration, the peak total force increased continuously from 186 N to 484 N while the peak tangential force was constant at 171 N ± 15 N. At higher speeds, a counterproductive tangential force was measured during the first 15 and the last 25 of the push phase, peaking at -78 N. This wheel may be of great value for both coaches and athletes to help with planning and validating training programs and adaptations to the wheelchair such as positioning. This wheel also has very high potential for further research on wheelchair racing biomechanics and on preventing shoulder pathologies associated with this sport.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Mots-clés ou Sujets: Kinetics, Instrumented wheel, Wheelchair Racing, Sensors, Paralympic Sports
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté des sciences > Département de kinanthropologie
Déposé par: Félix Chénier
Date de dépôt: 23 nov. 2020 13:24
Dernière modification: 23 nov. 2020 13:27
Adresse URL : http://archipel.uqam.ca/id/eprint/13774


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