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Upper extremity biomechanics of children with spinal cord injury during wheelchair mobility. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2014;2014:4338-41 PMID: 25570952

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While much work is being done evaluating the upper extremity joint dynamics of adult manual wheelchair propulsion, limited work has examined the pediatric population of manual wheelchair users. Our group used a custom pediatric biomechanical model to characterize the upper extremity joint dynamics of 12 children and adolescents with spinal cord injury (SCI) during wheelchair propulsion. Results show that loading appears to agree with that of adult manual wheelchair users, with the highest loading primarily seen at the glenohumeral joint. This is concerning due to the increased time of wheelchair use in the pediatric population and the impact of this loading during developmental years. This research may assist clinicians with improved mobility assessment methods, wheelchair prescription, training, and long-term care of children with orthopaedic disabilities.

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Schnorenberg AJ, Slavens BA, Graf A, Krzak J, Vogel L, Harris GF


Gerald Harris PhD Director in the Orthopaedic Research Engineering Center (OREC) department at Marquette University
Brooke Slavens BS,MS,PhD Assistant Professor in the Occupational Science & Technology department at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee


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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Biomechanical Phenomena
Disabled Persons
Models, Biological
Shoulder Joint
Spinal Cord Injuries
Upper Extremity
Wrist Joint
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