Athlete-perceived impact of frame running on physical fitness, functional mobility and psychosocial outcomes

Marietta L Van der Linden, Petra E. M. Van Schie, Emma Hjalmarsson, Georgia Andreopoulou, Martine H G Verheul, Ferdinand Von Walden

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Abstract

Objective: Frame Running (RaceRunning) allows people with moderate-to-severe mobility impairments to participate in physical activity using a 3-wheeled frame with a saddle and handlebars. The aim of this study was to investigate athlete-perceived impact of Frame Running on aspects of physical fitness, functional mobility and psychosocial outcomes.
Design: Survey.
Participants: Frame Running athletes aged 5 years and over.
Methods: A survey was distributed to athletes through their club or sports organization.
Results: The survey was completed by 115 athletes (53 females). Median age was 17 years (range 5-62 years) and 64 (57%) used a wheelchair or walker for distances over 50 m. Many felt that Frame Running stretched their muscles (n=93, 87%) and increased their self-confidence (n=63, 93%). Four (4%) reported extreme fatigue or sore muscles after training (n=17, 15%). Of the 110 athletes who had been participating in Frame Running for over 3 months, 46 (47%) reported being less out of breath during mobility tasks and 66 (66%) felt they had improved their functional mobility. However, 7 (7%) reported increased muscle tightness and 4 (4%) reported a Frame Running-related injury lasting more than 4 weeks.
Conclusion: Frame Running is a safe physical activity with athlete-perceived benefits on physical fitness, functional mobility and psychosocial outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume54
Early online date12 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • physical activity
  • exercise
  • para-sport
  • sports for people with disabilities
  • cerebral palsy
  • physical fitness
  • surveys and questionnaires

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