Optimal wheelchair with wheelchair ergometer

The research lab at the Zuiderpark Sports Campus has a wheelchair ergometer. The wheelchair ergometer offers the possibility to train as realistically and precisely as possible in your own wheelchair or handbike. It is also possible to search for what the optimal wheelchair settings are. If you would like to see how it works, watch the film below.

In the coming period, The Hague University of Applied Sciences with practitioners, students and researchers will work out the possibilities of the wheelchair ergometer. The apparatus can be used to train wheelchair skills, for both novice and experienced wheelchair users, for feedback on manoeuvring wheelchairs or measuring the performance of wheelchair athletes.

Developing protocols

For the wheelchair ergometer, THUAS, Basalt Revalidatie and the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences at the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG)/University of Groningen (RUG) will work together. The RUG was closely involved in the development of this wheelchair ergometer. Together, we are going to develop protocols for its use in rehabilitation, sport and education.