After school sports for wheelchair users - a proposal
This is a research proposal. The aim is to identify if a high intensity interval training workout, delivered to wheelchair children, and those with other disabilities, will help improve physical fitness and have a knock on effect on health.
Younger people with disabilities are known to be less physically fit, and the associated health benefits of physical fitness are therefore not enjoyed.
Any program which aims to address this will have to take in a number of factors;
- Realistic participation (2 times a week after school)
- Inclusion (actively encouraged to include participant in manual wheelchairs)
It must also be measurable:
Primary: Anaerobic fitness
- Agility – turning time will be tested
- Aerobic Fitness- Oxygen consumption measured
- Strength- including power in one push wheelchair propulsion, grip strength and isometric strength
- Flexibility- upper and lower limb.
- Cardio Vascular health- including BMI, blood tests and arterial stiffness
- Physical activity – Accelerometer for daily monitoring
- Cognitive function- Sustained attention, search efficiency and distractibility
- Psychosocial function- self reporting scale
Read the NIH fitness advice for wheelchair users here, or watch a video about exercises for wheelchair users below:
What would or did make you consistant in physical activity?
> From: Zwinkels et al., BMC Sports Sci Med Rehabil 7 (2015) . All rights reserved to The Author(s). Click here for the Pubmed summary.