Wheelie Skill Acquisition: Effect on Training Time Related to Differences in Rolling Resistance and Session Structure

R. Lee Kirby, MD, Jason Gillis, BSc, Lauren Clark-Gallant, Alison L. Boudreau, BSc,  Cher Smith, BSc (OT), Paula Rushton, MSc (OT), Kim Parker, MSc, and Adam Webber, MSc


We tested the hypothesis that, when learning the wheelie skill, training method affects training time. We studied 59 able-bodied participants. Each participant was taught the wheelie skill in up to 5 training sessions. The settings varied on the basis of the extent of rolling resistance and degree of session structure (based on motor-learning principles). Wheelie competence was defined as 2 consecutive 30-s wheelies, assessed at least 3 days after training. There was no statistically difference in training time among the methods. The overall mean (±1SD) was 54.0 (±21.7) minutes. Training time was not affected by trainer (p = 0.86) or age (p = 0.52), but was affected by gender (p = 0.0003), with women requiring about 20 minutes more than men. Wheelie training time for able-bodied learners does not appear to be affected by training methods that differ with respect to rolling resistance and session structure.


rehabilitation, wheelie, wheelchair, motor skill, training


Dr. R. Lee Kirby, Dalhousie University, Room 206, Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre, 1341 Summer Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4K4.   Email: Kirby@dal.ca


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