BioMed Research International

Wheeled Mobility

Publishing date
29 Aug 2014
Submission deadline
11 Apr 2014

Lead Editor

1Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Health Care System, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

3Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, USA

4Center for Human Movement Sciences, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

5Rehabilitation Engineering Research Program, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Wheeled Mobility


The wheelchair is one of the most enabling technologies that can be provided to a person who is unable to ambulate. The use of a wheelchair can literally take a person who would otherwise be confined to bed and dependent on others and enable them to be completely independent, reintegrated into society, and continue on with work, school, and recreational interests. Over the past two decades how wheelchairs are designed and fitted and how people are trained on their use have seen great advances; however, there are still significant wheelchair related issues that impact people every day. Many wheelchair users are still unable to use or have limited mobility with their wheelchairs because of their impairments. Current wheelchairs cannot be driven in all desired environments; wheelchair users experience unacceptable rates of secondary disability associated with wheelchair use, and wheelchairs continue to breakdown all too frequently.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles that will stimulate continuing efforts to understand and overcome the psychosocial, physical, environmental, and economical issues associated with wheelchair use. We are particularly interested in articles that describe new wheelchair and associated technologies that can overcome daily obstacles and enhance function in different kinds of environments, discuss strategies to better evaluate, fit and/or train users on the effective use of a wheelchair, understand better the mechanisms of secondary injuries and the development of techniques and/or technologies that prevent the onset of pain and injuries, and help wheelchair users to self-manage their own health and wellness. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Latest technologies for monitoring wheelchair use and function
  • New therapies or technologies that help to understand or minimize risk of secondary complications associated with wheelchair use (e.g., overuse related upper limb injuries, falls, pressure sore development, and obesity)
  • Recent developments to enhance wheelchair use and controllability on rough, uneven terrains
  • Advances in methods of wheelchair evaluation, training, testing, and outcome measurement
  • Insight into the performance, demands, and risks associated with wheelchair-related activities of daily living

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