Recent Salient Literature Pertaining to the Use of Technology in Wheelchair Sports

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Adapted sports are increasingly recognized as a potent rehabilitative tool for persons with disabilities (PWD), facilitating optimal levels of health and wellbeing. At the same time, increased participation in adapted sports stimulates concomitant growth in technology and innovation worldwide. Success in wheelchair sports is said to be dependent on three factors: the athlete, the wheelchair, and the interaction between the athlete and the wheelchair. Proper use of technology has the potential to impact all the three factors significantly. In recent years, researchers have focused on the investigation of technologies impacting user interface, equipment customization, injury prevention, and performance improvement. This article presents a review of recent publications with a technological focus, selected for their importance and relevance to the field of wheelchair sports (wheelchair rugby, basketball, tennis, handcycling, and wheelchair racing) and for their potential to inform the decision-making process of athletes, coaches, and other healthcare professionals active in the arena of adaptive sports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-335
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Assistive technology
  • Health
  • Manual wheelchairs
  • Performance
  • Physical activity
  • Racing
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rugby and handcycling
  • SmartWheel
  • Technology
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Wheelchair sports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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