This instructional session will discuss some principles of optimal set up of manual wheelchairs for efficiency and performance. It will begin by reviewing basic science as it relates to manual wheelchairs, including work and energy loss factors such as rolling resistance and scrub torque among others. While the concepts discussed could apply to any manual wheelchair, the Catalyst line of folding manual wheelchairs from Ki Mobility will be the primary models for the discussion and some specifics of setup capabilities that can tailor an individual’s chair into the most efficient machine for their circumstances will be demonstrated. We will look at the Catalyst Advantage, or the common elements that each Catalyst share, and discuss each model’s set up possibilities and accessories available to optimize efficiency.
- List 2 factors that can affect the inherent mechanical efficiency of a manual wheelchair
- Explain a rationale for choosing one type of axle plate over another, and explain the impact of that choice on wheelchair setup for efficiency
- List 2 unique design features that Catalyst folding wheelchairs possess that are not seen in folding manual wheelchairs from other manufacturers
About the Speakers
Curt Prewitt, MS, PT, ATP
Curt Prewitt is Director of Education for Ki Mobility. He has a BS in Exercise Physiology and an MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado.
He practiced as a physical therapist in a number of settings for a few years, most prominently in long term care, where he gained experience with seating and wheeled mobility. He transitioned from a practicing therapist to a manufacturer’s representative, eventually moving into sales management and focusing on complex rehab technology. Throughout his tenure on the manufacturer’s side in the complex rehab arena, he has dealt largely with pediatric positioning and mobility products. He has previously also served as a product trainer/product specialist, teaching product features and clinical application, as well as coordinating continuing education presentations, both credited and non-credited. He has presented educational courses across the US and internationally.
Bill Randall (MSc. Kin)
Bill Randall graduated with a MSc in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University in 1999, and is currently the BC Sales Rep for Ki Mobility Canada, a position he has held for over 5 years. Previous to joining Ki Mobility, Bill served as a pediatric and complex rehab rep for 15 years working with a variety of mobility devices and seating from basic to custom.
One contact hour 1 CEC