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    Calories Burned When Pushing A Wheelchair


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    No, that is not true. If you are wheeling uphills and your heart is pounding you are using 158 cal in 30 minutes. To wheel normal is only 89 cal in 30 minutes. And that is if you have bigger muscles in your arms then normal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woman from Europe View Post
    No, that is not true. If you are wheeling uphills and your heart is pounding you are using 158 cal in 30 minutes. To wheel normal is only 89 cal in 30 minutes. And that is if you have bigger muscles in your arms then normal.
    Where'd u get that? Others I've seen are 275/hour normal wheeling

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    Quote Originally Posted by woman from Europe View Post
    No, that is not true. If you are wheeling uphills and your heart is pounding you are using 158 cal in 30 minutes. To wheel normal is only 89 cal in 30 minutes. And that is if you have bigger muscles in your arms then normal.
    What's the source of your data?

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    More than anyone wants to know:

    Source: Bassett & Conger (2011) A Compendium of Energy Costs of Physical Activities for Individuals Who Use Manual Wheelchairs. APAQ Volume 28, Issue 4, October.

    kcal/kg/hr
    2.3 Wheelchair dynamometer (10W)
    2.5 Wheelchair dynamometer (12W)
    3.1 Wheelchair dynamometer (14W)
    3.3 Wheelchair dynamometer (2 mph)
    4.3 Wheelchair dynamometer (3 mph)
    2.4 Wheeling on carpet
    4.0 Wheeling on grass
    2.6 Wheeling outside
    2.7 Wheeling on an oval track (0.9 mph)
    4.0 Wheeling on an oval track (2.1 mph)
    4.7 Wheeling on an oval track (2.7 mph)
    3.8 Wheeling on sidewalk
    3.0 Wheeling on slalom course (0° of wheel camber)
    3.2 Wheeling on slalom course (3° of wheel camber)
    3.1 Wheeling on slalom course (6° of wheel camber)
    2.2 Wheeling on tile floor
    3.9 Wheeling up a ramp

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    Holy crap that's pretty detailed o.O
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katja View Post
    More than anyone wants to know:

    Source: Bassett & Conger (2011) A Compendium of Energy Costs of Physical Activities for Individuals Who Use Manual Wheelchairs. APAQ Volume 28, Issue 4, October.

    kcal/kg/hr
    2.3 Wheelchair dynamometer (10W)
    2.5 Wheelchair dynamometer (12W)
    3.1 Wheelchair dynamometer (14W)
    3.3 Wheelchair dynamometer (2 mph)
    4.3 Wheelchair dynamometer (3 mph)
    2.4 Wheeling on carpet
    4.0 Wheeling on grass
    2.6 Wheeling outside
    2.7 Wheeling on an oval track (0.9 mph)
    4.0 Wheeling on an oval track (2.1 mph)
    4.7 Wheeling on an oval track (2.7 mph)
    3.8 Wheeling on sidewalk
    3.0 Wheeling on slalom course (0° of wheel camber)
    3.2 Wheeling on slalom course (3° of wheel camber)
    3.1 Wheeling on slalom course (6° of wheel camber)
    2.2 Wheeling on tile floor
    3.9 Wheeling up a ramp
    So does this meAn if I wheel outside for an hour & I'm 230lbs.....

    2.6 Wheeling outside x 230lbs (104kg) x 1
    2.6 x 104 x 1 = 270 calories burnt?

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    Some injury level information:

    From Collins et al.

    Energy cost of physical activities in persons with spinal cord injury.
    Med Sci Sports Exerc.
    2010 Apr;42(4):691-700

    Wheeling on tile
    C5–C8 kcal/min 2.61
    T1–T8 kcal/min 3.04
    T9–L4 kcal/min 2.63

    Wheeling on carpet
    C5–C8 kcal/min 3.48
    T1–T8 kcal/min 3.47
    T9–L4 kcal/min 3.01

    Wheeling on grass
    T1–T8 kcal/min 5.41

    Wheeling outside
    C5–C8 kcal/min 2.90
    T1–T8 kcal/min 3.40
    T9–L4 kcal/min 3.98


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    Neuro Ex, Inc
    Adaptive Performance and Neuro Recovery

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    I just know it's hard work for a quad

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