In this study, we looked at the effectiveness of a new rear anti-tip device (the Arc-RAD, so-named because it deploys through an arc) as a spotting tool during wheelie training, testing the hypothesis that participants trained with the Arc-RAD would require fewer spotter interventions then those trained conventionally. Fifty-nine able-bodied participants were assigned to the Arc-RAD (n = 24) or spotter-strap (n = 35) groups and underwent training of up to 3 hours. All participants in the Arc-RAD group needed 0 spotter-strap interventions while those in the spotter-strap group needed a mean (±SD) of 13.8 (±12.1) interventions (median 9.0) (p <0.0001). The Arc-RAD group had a mean of 36.4 (±35.7) Arc-RAD loadings (median 21.5), a significantly higher number than the spotter-strap interventions of the spotter-strap group (p = 0.0028). The Arc-RAD appears to be a safe and effective spotting tool for wheelie training, a finding with implications for training practices.
rehabilitation, wheelchairs, wheelies, training, spotting
Alison Boudreau, c/o Dr. R. Lee Kirby
Dalhousie University, Room 206
Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre
1341 Summer Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3H 4K4.
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