Disabled athletes are rarely seen in competition in a folding wheelchair. Why? The reason is increased performance rigid wheelchair. All athletes trying to optimize performance. But performance is not only important for Sports wheelchairs, is important for daily active users as well. A rigid wheelchair well-designed becomes part of the body of a disabled user, enabling easy access and freedom of movement. What are the characteristics of a rigid wheelchair which give superior performance?
oReduced maintenance and weight: folding chairs have a lot of moving parts that undergo stress. These parts often need to be adjusted or replaced regularly to keep the Chair in alignment. Due to this strain, thicker walled aluminum is required and therefore the wheelchairs are usually heavy. Rigid wheelchairs have fewer moving parts and less things to go wrong. Rigid wheelchairs are generally more resistant and age better folding wheelchair.
push energy oMuch on wheels is lost in flexural folding wheelchair parts. Since the rigid carrycot has fewer moving parts, most of the energy to push on the wheels is translated into forward motion. In short, rigid wheelchair may be easier to push a wheelchair.
cathie_km3cj78 the need to fold, folding wheelchair design may not be optimized for performance. For example, folding the pram wheels are usually placed well behind the platform, in order to allow the wheelchair close properly. This project puts a lot of weight on the wheels. With the rigid wheelchair, the distance between the footrest and wheel is usually much shorter; placing more weight on the rear wheels. Less weight on wheels makes it easier to turn the wheelchair.
oBecause rigid wheelchairs are lighter and more manuverable and more folding wheelchair, perform better, i.e., are easier for the user to move. But this is not only an advantage for athletes. Imagine a wheelchair up a ramp unassisted. This can be trickier in a heavy folding chair, than a manuverable, ultra-light, which may be lighter than 10 kg or more.
In summary, because of the weight, design and less moving parts, the performance of a rigid wheelchair are usually better than a folding wheelchair. This difference can become even more evident as the age of wheelchairs.
Performance is just one of the advantages of a rigid wheelchair on folding wheelchair. The following is a partial list of the benefits of rigid wheelchairs on folding chairs:
Better Body Fit (Design): The primary design of a wheelchair is hard to adapt to the user’s body. The primary design of a folding wheelchair is sometimes. Folding wheelchairs are usually squared, while rigid wheelchairs conform to the shape of the body. For example, with a rigid Chair, one can taper the design conforms to body shape (big hips, tight knees) that can contain the body of users. Even the chassis between the knees and the footrest can be tapered (wide, narrow knee-foot) by holding the foot in place. With a folding chair, you can taper did not or does not close completely.
After the adjustment of the market: rigid Wheelchairs generally have multiple configurations and settings then folding chairs. Most folding wheelchairs have limitations in their settings and configurations. For example, many folding wheelchairs don’t allow for adjusting the angle between the backrest and seat.
Independence: users can easily make transfers from rigid wheelchair in some cars independently. With a folding wheelchair, the user usually requires a companion fold the wheelchair and put it in the trunk. With some rigid wheelchairs forms, the user can transfer by car from inside the car, remove the two wheels, fold down the backrest and bring the wheelchair inside the car and place it on the back seat or on the floor. An independent transfer would be more difficult in a folding wheelchair.
Aesthetics: Some rigid wheelchairs are designed to be attractive. Folding wheelchairs are rarely considered attractive, functional only