Quantification of Activity during Wheelchair Basketball at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Michelle L. Sporner, MS, CRC1,2 ; Garrett G. Grindle, MS1,2 ; Rory A. Cooper, PhD1,2 ; Annmarie Kelleher, MS, OTR/L, ATP1,2 ; Emily E. Teodorski, BS1,2 ; Rosemarie Cooper MPT,ATP1,2

1 Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA
2 Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh


Many research studies have been conducted on the benefits of exercise and participation in sporting events and the Center for Disease Control has established guidelines for activity levels. However, people with disabilities are less likely to engage in regular moderate exercise. Data from 28 wheelchair basketball players were collected to quantify the level of activity athletes reach during a wheelchair basketball game. Individuals who participate in organized wheelchair basketball traveled significantly farther and played longer than individuals who do not participate in organized basketball. The majority of athletes meet recommended activity time during a wheelchair basketball game. As a result, wheelchair basketball may serve as a method to reach the desired activity levels to obtain the benefits of exercise.


wheelchair basketball, veterans, disability


This study was supported by the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and the University of Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Laboratories, under VA RR&D center grant number B3142C.

Michelle Sporner, Human Engineering Research Labs, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, Phone: (412) 954-5321, Fax: (412) 954-5340, Email:mls7@pitt.edu.