Vibration exposure of manual wheelchair users: risk injury and novel wheelchair assessment tools

The objectives of this PhD thesis are to quantify the vibration exposure of the User/MWC couple to understand the incurred risk of injury and
subsequently propose new procedures to evaluate the MWC suitability. To fulfill these objectives, the project lies on three hypotheses. The vibration exposure of MWC users (H1) conveys to a raise in the biomechanical loads, increasing the risk of injury; (H2) has consequences that depend on the user’s level of disability, especially the intervertebral discs will be affected variously depending on the spine geometry and the level of muscular control; (H3) is expected to rise using a MWC with degraded mechanical conditions (e.g. microcracks, mechanical fatigue)