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An anthropometric study of manual and powered wheelchair users

International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics

Author: Paquet, V., Feathers, D.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2004


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the structural anthropometric dimensions of adult wheelchair users as part of a larger project that involved developing a database of the structural characteristics and functional abilities of wheelchair users. Measurements were made on 121 adult manual and powered wheelchair users with an electromechanical probe that registered the three-dimensional locations of 36 body and wheelchair landmarks. Thirty-one body and wheelchair dimensions (e.g., heights, breadths, depths) were calculated from the three-dimensional coordinate data. Tests of distributional normality showed that less than 1/3 of the dimensions were not normally distributed. ANOVA showed significant differences between powered and manual chair users, and women and men for only some of the anthropometric dimensions. The results of this study provide anthropometric information for a small and diverse group of wheelchair users using new measurement methods that may have value for three-dimensional human modeling and CAD applications.

Further Details

Author Address: Department of Industrial Engineering, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, P.O. Box 602050, Buffalo, NY 14260-2050, United States
Full Title: International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Pages: 191-204
Volume: 33
Issue: 3
Accession Number: September, 2011
Notes: PDF Attached, print discarded
Electronic Resource Number: 10.1016/0966-6362(94)90100-7
Keywords: Anthropometry, Wheelchair users
Reads: 327