There are about 67 million wheelchair users around the world. Many suffer from shoulder injuries due to over-use of the structures of the upper extremities during wheelchair propulsion and transfers.
To address the issues that wheelchair users face, we are employing robotics and virtual reality.
Currently, Zohreh Salimi, a PhD Candidate in our lab is developing an immersive virtual reality environment task for wheelchair users and tests its reliability and validity in reproducing real life wheelchair propulsion.
VIDEO: Zohreh’s Illinois Agility Test
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