UTA Study Aimed at helping people who use wheelchairs

Apr 2 2019

Emiliee Hilbish a Disability Studies student and intern at UTA, is leading a study aimed at creating a tool for PE teachers and rehabilitation centers to evaluate the mechanics and proficiency of wheelchair users.  Once developed, the tool will help children with disabilities, as well as newly-injured individuals, become active and learn how to push their wheelchair correctly.   

UTA is seeking wheelchair users of any skill level, as well as able-bodied people, to participate in this study. The one-hour evaluation will take place at UT Arlington in the Physical Education Building at times convenient for you.  Participants will use a manual wheelchair (we will provide one if they do not have their own), and their pushing mechanics will be observed and recorded. No prior experience using a manual wheelchair is needed. We are looking for wheelchair users of any skill level, as well as able-bodied participants. The only requirements are the ability to follow simple directions and the physical ability to push a manual wheelchair with no assistance. Participants must be between 18 and 40 and may not have any current upper-body injury that may affect how they would regularly push a wheelchair.  The study is entirely voluntary and no identifying information is being collected. 

Prospective participants may contact Principal Investigator Emilee Hilbish by email at emilee.hilbish@mavs.uta.edu or by phone at 806-683-5127 if they would like more information or if they would like to participate.