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Wheelchair Configuration: The Importance of an Optimized Ride

This complex rehab continuing education course teaches why properly-fitted ultralight manual wheelchair can improve function, mobility, and health.

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Course Overview

A properly-fitted ultralight manual wheelchairs can improve function and mobility for people with disabilities of all ages. How an individual sits and fits in the wheelchair is a key predictor of safety, comfort and independence, and, over the long term, can impact the likelihood of secondary injuries. Thus, a wheelchair must be configured to its rider to ensure a balanced ride. This course will address the recommendations set forth by the Consortium of Spinal Cord Medicine and RESNA to stress the importance of an optimally configured manual wheelchair.

1 Contact hour(s)

On-site or Live Stream Lecture

Intermediate Level Course

Wheelchair Configuration: The Importance of an Optimized Ride

What You Will Learn

Through this course, you'll deeper your knowledge of why proper seating, positioning, and fit are paramount for improving health outcomes for patients using ultralight manual wheelchairs and accomplish 4 key objectives:

  • The Importance of Configuration

    You'll learn 2 ways in which manual wheelchair configuration can affect user propulsion.

  • Understand the Research & Health Outcomes

    You'll dive into research articles that examine how properly-configured manual wheelchairs can positively affect patient health outcomes.

  • Proper Fitting & Measurements

    You'll learn the 2 nontraditional measurements that play a crucial role in ensuring your patient or client enjoys a properly-fitting manual whelchair.

  • Understand Functional Improvements

    Understand how a durable, lightweight, and custom-configured wheelchair can improve your patients' overall function and access to life.

Course Flow & Time Outline

Minutes Topic
5 Introduction, Overview, and Review Course Objectivess
15 Evidence Based Practice Manual Wheelchair Configurations
20 “Non-Traditional” Measurements and why they matters
15 Case Studiess
5 Summary, Question & Answers

Statement of Clinical Relevance

Content of the activity directly relates to the scope of practice of occupational and physical therapy as defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Completion Requirements

In order to obtain CEU credits, participant must attend course, sign in and out, and complete an on-line course assessment following completion of the course.

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0.1 AOTA CEU(s)

Contact Hours

1 Contact Hour(S)

Who is this program for?

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Physical Therapists

  • Physical Therapist Assistants

  • Assistive Technology Professionals

  • Medical Suppliers & Providers

  • Complex Rehabilitation Professionals

AOTA Classification Code(s)

Category: OT Service Delivery



Instructional Method

Sychronous Live, On-site Lecture or Live Stream Lecture, Discussion, Clinical Applications, and Demonstration

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