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ities get even less. The study, in which, 52 manual wheelchair users completed a brief survey and had their activity monitored with a custom data logger for 13 or 20 days, found that subjects traveled significantly farther and faster during the National Veterans Wheelchair Games than on an average day. The research team also discovered that employed wheelchair users exercised more than their unemployed counterparts. However, in the home environment, no matter their job status, wheelchair users were found to have little to no activity. For more information on this study, read Assessing mobility characteristics and activity levels of manual wheelchair users in this months JRRD at www.rehab.research.va.gov/jour/07/44/4/pdf/tolerico.pdf


The subtle dangers of Americas sidewalks

While most ambulatory Americans are not concerned with the impact of various walking surfaces, for wheelchair users, driving over old cobblestone, poorly paved pathways, or rocky roads can be detrimental. Uneven surfaces coupled with extensive use can expose wheelchair users to harmful whole-body vibrations (WBV). While intentional WBV is useful for workout preparation, unintentional WBV can lead to secondary injuries such as low-back and neck pain, muscle aches, and fatigue. In a longitudinal assessment by researchers from the University of Pittsburg, 10 nondisabled subjects drove manual and power wheelchairs over nine sidewalk surfaces during a period of 3 years. The study concluded that WBV are unavoidable because of the nature of the wheelchair. For wheelchairs to effectively negate the effects of transmitted vibrations, the International Standards Organization requires an 8-hour rest period each day. However, because wheelchair users depend on their wheelchairs for all of their mobility, most find meeting that requirement difficult and are therefore exposed to WBV. Researchers also conclud
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