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Maneuverability in Manual Wheelchairs - What Fork to Use?

2014-09-22

There are many factors that influence the maneuverability of manual wheelchairs and I previously have written articles on many of these factors.  Past articles have been written about rolling resistance, overall weight, centre of gravity and weight distribution between the front casters and rear wheels, caster housing position, rear wheel camber, and rear wheel position in standard wheelchairs.  All of these articles are available on Clinical Corner and can be found by using the Search feature in the upper right corner or looking through the tag cloud in the lower right. This month, I would like to focus on one simple choice that affects turning efficiency and performance and that is the choice of the fork in a custom, adjustable folding wheelchair.

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