Practice improves court-mobility and self-efficacy in tennis-specific wheelchair propulsion

Sindall, PA ORCID:, Lenton, JP, Mason, BS, Tolfrey, K, Cooper, RA, Martin Ginis, KA and Goosey-Tolfrey, VL 2021, 'Practice improves court-mobility and self-efficacy in tennis-specific wheelchair propulsion' , Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 16 (4) , pp. 398-406.

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Access Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology on 15th May 2020, available online:


Purpose: Wheelchair tennis (WT) chair propulsion is uniquely characterised by the requirement for racket-holding coupled with effective hand-rim contact. Thus, investigations involving strategies to enhance chair mobility skills are merited. The aim was to examine effects of organised practice on WT match-play responses and the impact of racket-holding during practice. Materials and methods: Following physiological profiling involving graded and peak exercise testing, sixteen able-bodied (AB) participants performed bouts of WT match-play interspersed with practice involving wheelchair mobility drills completed with (R) or without (NR) a tennis racket. A data logger recorded distance and speed. Self-efficacy was reported. Results and conclusions: Significant main effects for match revealed higher post-practice overall and forwards distances (P < 0.05), peak (P < 0.005) and average (P < 0.05) speeds, and self-efficacy (SE) (P = 0.001) were attained. During practice, lower distances and speeds were achieved with R, with a lower physiological cost than NR. Practice increases court-movement and SE with no associated increases in physiological cost. Changes represent enhanced court-mobility. Differences between practice characteristics provide options for skill development and optimisation of health outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1748-3107
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Depositing User: Dr P A Sindall
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2020 12:49
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 04:32

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