Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences has started a new research topic on Adapted Sports: Wheeled-mobility, Exercise and Health.

Topic editors are

  • Dirkjan Veeger – Delft University of Technology
  • Riemer Jakobs Koene Vegter – University Medical Center Groningen
  • Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey – Loughborough University

About this Research Topic


Persons that use a manual wheelchair depend on their upper-body for daily mobility as well as the sports they participate in. Numerous adapted sports exist, some of which use a modified wheelchair for mobility as a central part of the sport, such as wheelchair basketball, tennis, rugby and racing. On the other hand, other adapted sports can also have an important impact on the upper-body without a wheelchair involved, such as archery, paracanoe, swimming and handcycling.

The current issue of Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences focuses on the multidisciplinary health aspects (benefits, risk factors, barriers, quality of life, psycho-social factors) of participating in adapted sports & exercise for manual wheelchair users*. Authors are invited to submit papers from different domains and perspectives, such as biomechanics, physiology, but also psychology, sociology, philosophy, physiotherapy, medicine & epidemiology.

Furthermore, knowledge on areas including workload and recovery, nutrition, heat management, exercise capacity and technological innovation, gained from sports practice might be translated to rehabilitation and vice versa. Hence, papers that aim to make the translation from one end of the continuum to the other are also invited.

*Adaptive sports also known as disability sports or parasports, are sports played by persons with a physical disability.

Keywords: disability, rehabilitation, physical activity, adapted sports

Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Submission Deadlines

16 August 2021 Abstract
31 January 2022 Manuscript

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