Title

The Propulsion Pow!: Reducing Energy Expenditure Among Wheelchair Users

Author(s)

Megan Johnson

School Name

Center for Advanced Technical Studies

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Physiology and Health

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

Wheelchairs are a growing medical intervention that aids those who cannot use their lower extremities due to illness, old age, and most commonly, spinal cord injuries. However, wheelchair propulsion presents a problem, causing upper extremity pain and overuse injuries, resulting from high amounts of energy expenditure due to the excessive and repetitive rotational motion. With the use of the Propulsion POW! energy expenditure will be reduced, by the use of a pulley mechanism, and the risk of upper extremity pain and over-use injuries will be avoided.

Location

Owens G02

Start Date

4-16-2016 11:30 AM

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Apr 16th, 11:30 AM

The Propulsion Pow!: Reducing Energy Expenditure Among Wheelchair Users

Owens G02

Wheelchairs are a growing medical intervention that aids those who cannot use their lower extremities due to illness, old age, and most commonly, spinal cord injuries. However, wheelchair propulsion presents a problem, causing upper extremity pain and overuse injuries, resulting from high amounts of energy expenditure due to the excessive and repetitive rotational motion. With the use of the Propulsion POW! energy expenditure will be reduced, by the use of a pulley mechanism, and the risk of upper extremity pain and over-use injuries will be avoided.