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Using a Robust Design Approach to Optimize Chair Set-up in Wheelchair Sport

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Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide, Adelaide 5005, Australia
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Australian Paralympic Committee, Sydney 2127, Australia
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Presented at the 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 26–29 March 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(6), 482; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2060482
Published: 11 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of The Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association)
Optimisation of wheelchairs for court sports is currently a difficult and time-consuming process due to the broad range of impairments across athletes, difficulties in monitoring on-court performance, and the trade-off set-up that parameters have on key performance variables. A robust design approach to this problem can potentially reduce the amount of testing required, and therefore allow for individual on-court assessments. This study used orthogonal design with four set-up factors (seat height, depth, and angle, as well as tyre pressure) at three levels (current, decreased, and increased) for three elite wheelchair rugby players. Each player performed two maximal effort sprints from a stationary position in nine different set-ups, with this allowing for detailed analysis of each factor and level. Whilst statistical significance is difficult to obtain due to the small sample size, meaningful difference results aligning with previous research findings were identified and provide support for the use of this approach.
Keywords: wheelchair rugby; wheelchair design; propulsion; kinematics; on-court testing; maximal acceleration wheelchair rugby; wheelchair design; propulsion; kinematics; on-court testing; maximal acceleration
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Haydon, D.S.; Pinder, R.A.; Grimshaw, P.N.; Robertson, W.S.P. Using a Robust Design Approach to Optimize Chair Set-up in Wheelchair Sport. Proceedings 2018, 2, 482.

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