Active wheelchair and sports wheelchair for greater mobility
For people who value high mobility and who want to pursue a sport, an active wheelchair or sports wheelchair is a good choice for people with functional disabilities in their legs.
An active wheelchair or adaptive wheelchair can be adapted to a high degree to the body size and needs of its user, thus offering greater mobility and independence. The sports wheelchair is a type of active wheelchair and is designed with certain types of sports in mind. At REHAB, a large number of manufacturers will present their latest models.
In general, a differentiation is made between wheelchairs with a rigid frame and fold-up models. The former are more stable and robust, and can better translate the drive force into movement, and are also easier to control. However, a fold-up active wheelchair requires less storage space and is transportable.
If a sports wheelchair or active wheelchair is light and particularly easy to use in practice, it usually consists of aluminium, titanium or carbon instead of steel. Lightweight wheelchairs make driving using your own strength easier, and are also easier to transport by an accompanying person. There are rigid and fold-up models available.
Whether its a light active wheelchair or a fold-up sports wheelchair, this type of wheelchair offers maximum adaptability for a very wide range of functional disabilities. Thus, the back section, lower calf length and seat can be finely adjusted. There is also a large selection of accessories and colour options available. Sports wheelchairs are designed especially for sports such as tennis, hockey or basketball, or are even tailor made to the user’s requirements.
On the road with a sporty handbike
The handbike gives people with a disability more mobility and a better quality of life – whether it’s in the form of a wheelchair with an attachment wheel or as a racer bike designed especially with cycling in mind.
A handbike functions in the same way as a bicycle, but is driven using a hand crank rather than with the legs. With the handbike, people with a disability gain greater mobility in their everyday lives, train their heart, circulation and muscle strength, and can participate in cycling sports. The handbike is available in two versions: as a wheelchair with an attachment, which is mounted as an additional wheel in front of the wheelchair, and as a racer bike with a fixed frame, which is designed for cycling training and cycle racing.
Thanks to an attachment, a standard wheelchair can be turned into a wheelchair bike by making just a few changes. This practical form of the disabled bike gives people with restricted mobility greater freedom, speed and flexibility in their everyday lives. The wheelchair converted into a handbike is ideally suited for short to medium-length routes.
The racer bike has been specially developed for people with a physical disability who enjoy cycling. Usually, it is a trike with continuous frame, its own seat unit and gears. Depending on the model – whether it’s a seated bike, a recumbent bike or a knee bike – the cyclist assumes a sitting, lying or kneeling position. They are just a few centimetres above the ground, benefit from the excellent curve stability of this piece of sports equipment, and can achieve speeds of up to 40 km/h. At REHAB, visitors can test handbikes from well-known manufacturers.
The attachment wheel brings greater mobility to everyday life
The attachment wheel as an additional wheel on your wheelchair offers many advantages – such as greater comfort, stability and safety with difficult ground conditions.
An attachment wheel is an additional wheel that is coupled to a wheelchair. With a hand crank, gears and hand brake, the wheelchair with an extra wheel or attachment offers the most important functions of a bike, while giving people with a disability greater mobility and freedom. At REHAB, trade fair visitors can see the attachment wheels for themselves.
It takes just a few steps to couple the attachment wheel to a standard wheelchair. For this purpose, a special adapter is usually needed. The first mounting of the attachment part can take some time, but later, folding up the steering wheels and attaching or removing the attachment wheel on the wheelchair takes just a matter of seconds.
The attachment wheel saves a great deal of physical effort, and can even be combined with an e-drive. With the additional wheel on their wheelchair, users can more easily manage short to medium-length routes in everyday life. On uneven ground such as cobblestones, on gravel and forest paths, or on mud and snow, a third wheel on the wheelchair offers greater stability and more secure steering.
The additional wheel on the wheelchair also makes handling on bumpy ground easier for an accompanying person. The lightweight attachment wheel can usually also be folded up and stored in small spaces, and is easy to transport. Perfect for shopping and when travelling.