04-09-24 “Manual Wheelchairs: Materials, Design and Clinical Application” Brenlee Mogul-Rotman, OT Reg. (Ont.), ATP/SMS

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Date: 04-09-2024 at 4:00 pm ET

Credit: .1 CEU

Speakers: Brenlee Mogul-Rotman, OT Reg. (Ont.), ATP/SMS

Level: Intermediate

This session will address how various materials perform and how they are used in the design of manual wheelchairs to meet the needs of our end-users. Materials such as steel, aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber will be reviewed with emphasis on how each can impact the outcome of a manual wheelchair prescription. By the end of the session, attendees will better understand the clinical application of the different material choices and things to consider when providing the most appropriate manual wheelchair components to optimize outcomes for our clients.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Compare 4 materials commonly used in making individually configured manual wheelchairs and the effect the materials have on weight, durability, longevity, and vibration.
  • Recognize how 3 materials used in making individually configured manual wheelchairs effect daily function utilizing an
    International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model approach.
  • List at least 2 pros and cons when choosing tires and wheel assemblies in relation to rolling resistance and optimal propulsion.