Title: Relationship between the level of physical impairment and sports performance in elite wheelchair basketball players
Authors: Vanlandewijck, Yves ×
Spaepen, Arthur
Lysens, Roeland #
Issue Date: 1995
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Series Title: Adapted physical activity quarterly vol:12 pages:139-150
Abstract: 52 male elite wheelchair basketball athletes, classified into 4 functional ability classes, were studied to determine wether overall wheelchair basketball performance in a game situation is relation to the functional ability level of the participant. To dtermine the quality of the individual's game performance, 18 championship games were videotaped and analysed by means of teh Comprehensive Basbetball Grading System. Physical fitness parameters (propulsive force and aerobic power) were determined in specific laboratory conditions. Force application on the wheelchair handrims was measured by means of an ergodyn device. Finally, the subjects, while in their wheelchairs, performed a maximal exercise capacity test on a motordriven treadmill. The analyses indicated significantly differences in field performance and aerobic power between Class I and the rest of the classes. However, isometric and dynamic force application on the handrims could not be proven to be functional ability dependent. In conclusion, reducing the number of classes to improve fair and equitable competition in wheelchair basketball was considered viable.
ISSN: 0736-5829
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Physical Medicine and Revalidation Section (-)
Research Group for Adapted Physical Activity and Psychomotor Rehabilitation
Movement Control & Neuroplasticity Research Group
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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