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Wheelchair Sport

Wheelchair Sport

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    Wheelchair Sport provides coaches, teachers, and athletes with the information they need to compete and succeed in wheelchair sports. Written by top coaches, athletes, sport scientists, and specialists in sports medicine and physical therapy who work with Paralympic athletes, this resource offers

    an explanation of the physiological differences between able-bodied and disabled athletes and the physiological adaptations that result from training; guidelines for training that are customized to wheelchair athletes’ unique needs, including strength and conditioning, nutrition and hydration, and mental wellness; tips on the practical aspects of competing in wheelchair sport, such as optimizing chair set-up and preparing for travel; and expert guidance in developing top-notch training programs for athletes at all skill levels.


    People who use wheelchairs have a greater opportunity than ever before to be physically active at the level of their choosing. Wheelchair Sport equips coaches, teachers, and athletes to develop their minds and bodies to their potential and enjoy their participation in sports.


    Resource for wheelchair athletes, coaches, teachers, and practitioners involved with wheelchair sports.

    Table of Contents





    Part I: Understanding Wheelchair Sport


    Chapter 1. Introduction to Wheelchair Sport

    Sean Tweedy and Nik Diaper

    Spinal Cord Injury

    Health-Related Effects of Wheelchair Sport

    Sport Classification

    Sports for Wheelchair Athletes

    Using Sport Knowledge for Athlete Profiling




    Chapter 2. Sport Chair Set-Up and Selection

    Hsin-yi Liu, Ian M. Rice, Justin Z. Laferrier, Rosemarie Cooper, Mike Boninger, MD, and Rory A. Cooper

    Wheelchair Components and Accessories

    Basic Wheelchair Set-Up

    Sport-Specific Wheelchair Set-Up

    Injury Prevention




    Chapter 3. Physiology of Wheelchair Sport

    Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey and Mike Price

    Physiological Responses

    Training Considerations

    Types of Training

    Measuring Exercise Intensity and Fitness




    Chapter 4. Strength and Conditioning for Wheelchair Sport

    Andy Allford and Linda Mitchell-Norfolk

    Unique Strength Training Needs of Wheelchair Athletes

    Needs Analysis

    Guidelines for Safe and Effective Training

    Guidelines for Exercise Prescription

    Strength Training Equipment              

    Free Weights Versus Fixed Resistance machines

    Sample Training Programmes




    Chapter 5. Nutrition and Body Composition

    Tom Reilly and Jeanette Crosland

    Eating to Train

    Eating to Win

    Body Composition

    Body Compartments

    Assessment Methods



    Suggested Reading

    Suggested Websites


    Chapter 6. The Traveling Athlete

    Mike Price, Jeanette Crosland, and Nick Webborn MD

    Medical Issues Related to Travel

    Practical Concerns Related to Flying

    Accommodations and Adaptations

    Nutrition and Hydration When Travelling

    Exercising in the Heat



    Suggested Reading


    Chapter 7. Psychological Aspects of Wheelchair Sport

    Elisabeth Bressan and David Shearer

    Getting Involved in Wheelchair Sport

    Developing Athletes’ Sport Commitment

    Understanding Psychological Aspects of Wheelchair Sport




    Part II: Training for Wheelchair Sports


    Chapter 8. Wheelchair Basketball

    Mike Frogley

    Wheelchair Propulsion

    Wheelchair Skills

    Power Start and Stop

    Half-Court Tow

    Forward Partner Pulls

    Backward Partner Pulls





     Christmas Trees

    Jump and Recover






    Chapter 9. Wheelchair Racing

    Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and Ian Thompson

    Chair Set-Up


    Pushing Technique

    Training Programme

    Skill and Fitness Training

    Racing Tactics for Sprints

    Racing Tactics for Endurance

    Wheelchair Racing Rules



    Chapter 10. Wheelchair Rugby

    Kevin Orr and Laurie A. Malone

    Game Play and Rules


    Equipment Selection and Maintenance

    Fundamental Skills

    Rugby Offence

    Rugby Defence

    Training Programme

    Drills for Rugby Skill Development

    Ball Pickups

    Whistle Drill

    Figure-Eight Passing

    Caterpillar Passing

    Hot Seat Passing

    Three-Man Weave

    Long Passing

    Diamond in the Rough

    Four Corners

    Skills Testing



    Chapter 11. Wheelchair Tennis

    Dawn Newbery, Geraint Richards, Stephanie Trill, and Martyn Whait

    Ten Steps to the Top


    Attack and Defence Drills

    Returning Second Serve

    High Forehand

    Deep, Short, Deep, Short

    Deep, Mid, Short


    Hit Down the Line Off a Crosscourt Ball            

    Hit Crosscourt Off a Down-the-Line Ball

    Twenty Shots

    Rabbit Ears


    Mobility Drills

    Down the Mountain

    Park the Car

    Through the Gate

    Sprint, Slalom, Reverse

    Two-Push Slalom

    Half-Court Map

    Fan Drill

    Agility Drill

    Box-Command Drill

    Speed Play




    Chapter 12. Handcycling

    Thomas Abel, Yves Vanlandewijck, and Joeri Verellen

    Training Programmes


    Training Activities

    High-Volume Training



    Strength for Long and Intensive Routes


    Mechanical Efficiency

    Cadence Versus Power

    Nonspecific Training

    Steering, Braking, and Accelerating

    Riding in Groups

    Racing Tactics




    About the Editor

    About the Contributors


    About the Editor

    Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey, PhD,is a senior lecturer in exercise physiology and director of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport at LoughboroughUniversity in Leicestershire, UK. Her work in 1994 with Prof. Ian Campbell and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson sparked her interest in disability sport, and she went on to earn her PhD in sport science from ManchesterMetropolitanUniversity five years later.


    Dr. Goosey-Tolfrey attended the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games with the Great Britain wheelchair racing and wheelchair basketball teams, respectively, and was the lead physiology consultant for the British Paralympic Association for the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Games. In her leisure time, she enjoys being with her family, golfing, and watching films.