Michael Boninger

Summary

Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh
Country: USA

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Assessing the influence of wheelchair technology on perception of participation in spinal cord injury
    Eliana S Chaves
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 85:1854-8. 2004
  2. doi request reprint Technology for mobility in SCI 10 years from now
    M Boninger
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Spinal Cord 50:358-63. 2012
  3. doi request reprint Implementation of a longitudinal mentored scholarly project: an approach at two medical schools
    Michael Boninger
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical Student Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, USA
    Acad Med 85:429-37. 2010
  4. doi request reprint Shoulder biomechanics during the push phase of wheelchair propulsion: a multisite study of persons with paraplegia
    Jennifer L Collinger
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Systems, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 89:667-76. 2008
  5. ncbi request reprint Pushrim biomechanics and injury prevention in spinal cord injury: recommendations based on CULP-SCI investigations
    Michael L Boninger
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 42:9-19. 2005
  6. ncbi request reprint Relation between median and ulnar nerve function and wrist kinematics during wheelchair propulsion
    Michael L Boninger
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Human Engineering Research Laboratories, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh and VA Pittsburgh Health Care System, 7180 Highland Drive, 151R 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 85:1141-5. 2004
  7. doi request reprint Preliminary outcomes of the SmartWheel Users' Group database: a proposed framework for clinicians to objectively evaluate manual wheelchair propulsion
    Rachel E Cowan
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Health Care System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 89:260-8. 2008
  8. ncbi request reprint Impact of a pushrim-activated power-assisted wheelchair on the metabolic demands, stroke frequency, and range of motion among subjects with tetraplegia
    S David Algood
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 85:1865-71. 2004
  9. ncbi request reprint Upper limb strength in individuals with spinal cord injury who use manual wheelchairs
    Aaron L Souza
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    J Spinal Cord Med 28:26-32. 2005
  10. doi request reprint Development of a wheelchair virtual driving environment: trials with subjects with traumatic brain injury
    Donald M Spaeth
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 89:996-1003. 2008

Research Grants

  1. Acute Rotator Cuff Tendon Changes Associated with Wheelchair Propulsion
    Michael Boninger; Fiscal Year: 2007
  2. Wheelchair Propulsion Training
    Michael Boninger; Fiscal Year: 2007
  3. Training Rehabilitation Clinicians for Research Careers
    Michael Boninger; Fiscal Year: 2007

Collaborators

Detail Information

Publications85

  1. ncbi request reprint Assessing the influence of wheelchair technology on perception of participation in spinal cord injury
    Eliana S Chaves
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 85:1854-8. 2004
    ....
  2. doi request reprint Technology for mobility in SCI 10 years from now
    M Boninger
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Spinal Cord 50:358-63. 2012
    ..To identify technological advances and that are likely to have a great impact on the quality of life and participation in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI)...
  3. doi request reprint Implementation of a longitudinal mentored scholarly project: an approach at two medical schools
    Michael Boninger
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical Student Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, USA
    Acad Med 85:429-37. 2010
    ..Both programs have found that teamwork, regular meetings, and close communication have helped with implementation. Schools considering the establishment of a scholarly activity should consider these factors when designing programs...
  4. doi request reprint Shoulder biomechanics during the push phase of wheelchair propulsion: a multisite study of persons with paraplegia
    Jennifer L Collinger
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Systems, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 89:667-76. 2008
    ....
  5. ncbi request reprint Pushrim biomechanics and injury prevention in spinal cord injury: recommendations based on CULP-SCI investigations
    Michael L Boninger
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 42:9-19. 2005
    ..Future work should include interventional trials and larger studies that allow for more complex statistical models that can further detail the relationship between wheelchair propulsion, user characteristics, and upper-limb injuries...
  6. ncbi request reprint Relation between median and ulnar nerve function and wrist kinematics during wheelchair propulsion
    Michael L Boninger
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Human Engineering Research Laboratories, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh and VA Pittsburgh Health Care System, 7180 Highland Drive, 151R 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 85:1141-5. 2004
    ..To investigate the relation between median and ulnar nerve health and wrist kinematics in wheelchair users...
  7. doi request reprint Preliminary outcomes of the SmartWheel Users' Group database: a proposed framework for clinicians to objectively evaluate manual wheelchair propulsion
    Rachel E Cowan
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Health Care System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 89:260-8. 2008
    ....
  8. ncbi request reprint Impact of a pushrim-activated power-assisted wheelchair on the metabolic demands, stroke frequency, and range of motion among subjects with tetraplegia
    S David Algood
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 85:1865-71. 2004
    ....
  9. ncbi request reprint Upper limb strength in individuals with spinal cord injury who use manual wheelchairs
    Aaron L Souza
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    J Spinal Cord Med 28:26-32. 2005
    ..Manual wheelchair users have been found to be at risk for secondary upper extremity injuries...
  10. doi request reprint Development of a wheelchair virtual driving environment: trials with subjects with traumatic brain injury
    Donald M Spaeth
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 89:996-1003. 2008
    ..To develop and test a wheelchair virtual driving environment that can provide quantifiable measures of driving ability, offer driver training, and measure the performance of alternative controls...
  11. ncbi request reprint Demographic and socioeconomic factors associated with disparity in wheelchair customizability among people with traumatic spinal cord injury
    Peter Cody Hunt
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 85:1859-64. 2004
    ..To determine if a standard of care for wheelchair provision exists within the participating centers and if there is disparity in wheelchair customizability among the study sample...
  12. ncbi request reprint Force control strategies while driving electric powered wheelchairs with isometric and movement-sensing joysticks
    Brad E Dicianno
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng 15:144-50. 2007
    ..Lack of positional feedback may result in use of excess isometric force. Modifying control functions, adjusting gain, or providing additional training or feedback might address this problem...
  13. ncbi request reprint Shoulder joint kinetics and pathology in manual wheelchair users
    Jennifer L Mercer
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, 151R1 H, VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Systems, 7180 Highland Drive, PA 15206, USA
    Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon) 21:781-9. 2006
    ..The goal of this study was to examine the relationship between shoulder forces and moments experienced during wheelchair propulsion and shoulder pathology...
  14. ncbi request reprint Virtual reality and computer-enhanced training applied to wheeled mobility: an overview of work in Pittsburgh
    Rory A Cooper
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    Assist Technol 17:159-70. 2005
    ..Virtual reality technology will probably become more common in the field of assistive technology, especially given the rapid expansion of gaming technology and the continued exponential growth of computing power...
  15. ncbi request reprint Investigation of the performance of an ergonomic handrim as a pain-relieving intervention for manual wheelchair users
    Alicia M Koontz
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories 151R1 H, VA Pittsburgh Health Care System, 7180 Highland Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Assist Technol 18:123-43; quiz 145. 2006
    ..Results again confirmed that using the NF led to a reduction in the severity of symptoms and to improved functional outcomes...
  16. ncbi request reprint Effect of a pushrim-activated power-assist wheelchair on the functional capabilities of persons with tetraplegia
    S David Algood
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 86:380-6. 2005
    ..To test the differences between a pushrim-activated power-assisted wheelchair (PAPAW) and a traditional manual wheelchair while performing common driving activities and to assess their relative merits for people with tetraplegia...
  17. ncbi request reprint Range of motion and stroke frequency differences between manual wheelchair propulsion and pushrim-activated power-assisted wheelchair propulsion
    Thomas A Corfman
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    J Spinal Cord Med 26:135-40. 2003
    ..The objective of this study was to examine the use and efficacy of a pushrim-activated power-assist wheelchair (PAPAW) in the reduction of upper extremity range of motion (ROM) and stroke frequency in manual wheelchair users...
  18. pmc Hand rim wheelchair propulsion training using biomechanical real-time visual feedback based on motor learning theory principles
    Ian Rice
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    J Spinal Cord Med 33:33-42. 2010
    ..The objective of this study was to describe the development of a manual wheelchair propulsion training program aimed to promote the development of an efficient propulsion technique among long-term manual wheelchair users...
  19. ncbi request reprint Vibration exposure of individuals using wheelchairs over sidewalk surfaces
    Erik Wolf
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
    Disabil Rehabil 27:1443-9. 2005
    ..Furthermore, a 90 degrees herringbone pattern is preferred over the 45 degrees pattern, and it is recommended that for safety reasons regarding vibration exposure a bevel of less than 6 mm should be used...
  20. ncbi request reprint Advancements in power wheelchair joystick technology: Effects of isometric joysticks and signal conditioning on driving performance
    Brad E Dicianno
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    Am J Phys Med Rehabil 85:631-9. 2006
    ..Force sensing algorithm (FSA) software allowed the IJ to function as a simple isometric device...
  21. ncbi request reprint Manual wheelchair pushrim dynamics in people with multiple sclerosis
    Brian T Fay
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Center of Excellence, Highland Drive Medical Center, 7180 Highland Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 85:935-42. 2004
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  22. ncbi request reprint Propulsion patterns and pushrim biomechanics in manual wheelchair propulsion
    Michael L Boninger
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 83:718-23. 2002
    ..To classify stroke patterns of manual wheelchair users and to determine if different patterns of propulsion lead to different biomechanics...
  23. ncbi request reprint Autonomic dysreflexia: incidence in persons with neurologically complete and incomplete tetraplegia
    Wendy M Helkowski
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    J Spinal Cord Med 26:244-7. 2003
    ..Autonomic dysreflexia (AD) is a common problem in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) above the T6 neurologic level and may cause serious medical complications if untreated. Previous studies have focused on patients with complete SCI...
  24. doi request reprint Carpal tunnel syndrome in manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury: a cross-sectional multicenter study
    Jennifer Yang
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Am J Phys Med Rehabil 88:1007-16. 2009
    ..To investigate relationships between carpal tunnel syndrome, functional status, subject demographics, physical examination findings, and median nerve conduction study findings in manual wheelchair users with paraplegia...
  25. doi request reprint Shoulder ultrasound abnormalities, physical examination findings, and pain in manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury
    Steven W Brose
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 89:2086-93. 2008
    ..To investigate physical examination (PE) findings using a quantitative Physical Examination of the Shoulder Scale (PESS), and to obtain data about pain and other subject characteristics such as age, years with SCI, and weight...
  26. doi request reprint A preliminary study on the impact of pushrim-activated power-assist wheelchairs among individuals with tetraplegia
    Dan Ding
    Department of Rehabilitation Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    Am J Phys Med Rehabil 87:821-9. 2008
    ..This preliminary study was to evaluate the impact of pushrim- activated power-assist wheelchairs (PAPAWs) on mobility, community participation, satisfaction, and psychosocial impact among individuals with tetraplegia...
  27. ncbi request reprint The science behind mobility devices for individuals with multiple sclerosis
    Brain T Fay
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, A VA Center of Excellence, Highland Drive VA Medical Center, 7180 Highland Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Med Eng Phys 24:375-83. 2002
    ..In addition, we will review other research not conducted on individuals with MS that is relevant to this population. Finally we will present a call for future research that should help address this critical area...
  28. ncbi request reprint Filter frequency selection for manual wheelchair biomechanics
    Rory A Cooper
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, PA 15206, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 39:323-36. 2002
    ..Manual wheelchair propulsion kinematic data should be low-pass filtered at approximately 6 Hz for speeds at or below 1.8 m/s. The data presented in the archival literature appear to have been filtered at an appropriate frequency...
  29. ncbi request reprint Use of the Independence 3000 IBOT Transporter at home and in the community
    Rory A Cooper
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206, USA
    J Spinal Cord Med 26:79-85. 2003
    ..It operates in 4 functions: Standard, Balance (raised on 2 rear wheels), 4 Wheel (for inclines, curbs, and uneven terrain), and Remote (for loading into a vehicle)...
  30. doi request reprint Effectiveness evaluation of a remote accessibility assessment system for wheelchair users using virtualized reality
    Jongbae Kim
    VA Center of Excellence in Wheelchairs and Associated Rehabilitation Engineering and Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 89:470-9. 2008
    ....
  31. pmc Biomechanics and strength of manual wheelchair users
    Fabrisia Ambrosio
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    J Spinal Cord Med 28:407-14. 2005
    ....
  32. ncbi request reprint Multisite comparison of wheelchair propulsion kinetics in persons with paraplegia
    Alicia M Koontz
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Department of Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 44:449-58. 2007
    ..001). These results imply that rolling resistance is lower at one of the sites and likely due to differences in dynamometer properties. A mechanical method was used to site-normalize the data and enable data pooling for future analyses...
  33. ncbi request reprint Engineering better wheelchairs to enhance community participation
    Rory A Cooper
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng 14:438-55. 2006
    ..This paper summarizes research and development underway aimed at enhancing safety and optimizing wheelchair design...
  34. ncbi request reprint Seat and footrest shocks and vibrations in manual wheelchairs with and without suspension
    Rory A Cooper
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology and Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 84:96-102. 2003
    ..To examine differences in the shock and vibration transmitted to an occupant of a manual wheelchair with and without suspension caster forks and with and without rear-suspension systems...
  35. ncbi request reprint Comparison of virtual and real electric powered wheelchair driving using a position sensing joystick and an isometric joystick
    Rory A Cooper
    Departments of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, Bioengineering and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, 5044 Forbes Tower, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
    Med Eng Phys 24:703-8. 2002
    ..The data indicate that performance in the virtual environment was representative of driving ability in the real environment, and the isometric joystick performed comparably to the position sensing joystick...
  36. ncbi request reprint Shoulder kinematics and kinetics during two speeds of wheelchair propulsion
    Alicia M Koontz
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 39:635-49. 2002
    ..1). Shoulder positioning and the associated peak shoulder loads during propulsion may be important indicators for identifying manual wheelchair users at risk for developing shoulder pain and injury...
  37. ncbi request reprint Ultrasound imaging of acute biceps tendon changes after wheelchair sports
    Stefan van Drongelen
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 88:381-5. 2007
    ..To investigate acute changes in the biceps tendon after a high-intensity wheelchair propulsion activity and to determine whether these changes are related to subject characteristics...
  38. ncbi request reprint A kinetic analysis of manual wheelchair propulsion during start-up on select indoor and outdoor surfaces
    Alicia M Koontz
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Department of Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 42:447-58. 2005
    ..The differences noted between surfaces highlight the importance of evaluating wheelchair propulsion ability over a range of surfaces...
  39. ncbi request reprint Usage of tilt-in-space, recline, and elevation seating functions in natural environment of wheelchair users
    Dan Ding
    Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 45:973-83. 2008
    ..The information collected could enhance clinical practice of wheelchair provision, resulting in better compliance with clinical instructions and appropriate use of seating functions among wheelchair users...
  40. ncbi request reprint Preliminary assessment of a prototype advanced mobility device in the work environment of veterans with spinal cord injury
    Rory A Cooper
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    NeuroRehabilitation 19:161-70. 2004
    ..A larger study should be conducted to determine if the IBOT affects work performance and the ability to return to work...
  41. ncbi request reprint Driving characteristics of electric-powered wheelchair users: how far, fast, and often do people drive?
    Rory A Cooper
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 83:250-5. 2002
    ..To determine the driving characteristics of electric-powered wheelchair users during unrestricted community activities and to compare the activity levels among an active group and a group of regular users...
  42. doi request reprint Manual wheelchair propulsion patterns on natural surfaces during start-up propulsion
    Alicia M Koontz
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories 151R1 H, VA Pittsburgh Health Care System, 7180 Highland Dr, 151R1 H, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 90:1916-23. 2009
    ..To classify propulsion patterns over surfaces encountered in the natural environment during start-up and compare selected biomechanical variables between pattern types...
  43. ncbi request reprint Using the absorbed power method to evaluate effectiveness of vibration absorption of selected seat cushions during manual wheelchair propulsion
    Erik J Wolf
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Med Eng Phys 26:799-806. 2004
    ..When comparing results from a similar study, absorbed power appears to be as effective in determining vibration effects in the time domain as the methods in the ISO 2631 Standard...
  44. pmc Neural interface technology for rehabilitation: exploiting and promoting neuroplasticity
    Wei Wang
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, 3471 Fifth Ave, Suite 202, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am 21:157-78. 2010
    ....
  45. ncbi request reprint The GAME(Cycle) exercise system: comparison with standard ergometry
    Shirley G Fitzgerald
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    J Spinal Cord Med 27:453-9. 2004
    ....
  46. ncbi request reprint Evaluation of selected sidewalk pavement surfaces for vibration experienced by users of manual and powered wheelchairs
    Rory A Cooper
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    J Spinal Cord Med 27:468-75. 2004
    ..Chronic exposure can cause low-back pain, disk degeneration, and other harmful effects. Little research has been conducted to assess the vibrations experienced by wheelchair users...
  47. doi request reprint Biomechanical analysis of functional electrical stimulation on trunk musculature during wheelchair propulsion
    Yu Sheng Yang
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206, USA
    Neurorehabil Neural Repair 23:717-25. 2009
    ..The objective of this study was to examine how surface electrical stimulation of trunk musculature influences the kinematic, kinetic, and metabolic characteristics, as well as shoulder muscle activity, during wheelchair propulsion...
  48. ncbi request reprint Use of the INDEPENDENCE 3000 IBOT Transporter at home and in the community: a case report
    Rory A Cooper
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 1:111-7. 2006
    ..The IBOT was a functional mobility device, its greatest strengths are outdoors and in circumstances where there is space to use balance function...
  49. ncbi request reprint A pilot study on community usage of a pushrim-activated, power-assisted wheelchair
    Shirley G Fitzgerald
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206, USA
    Assist Technol 15:113-9. 2003
    ..Future studies should expand upon the pilot work completed here, strengthening the design...
  50. pmc Impact of surface type, wheelchair weight, and axle position on wheelchair propulsion by novice older adults
    Rachel E Cowan
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Health Care System Center of Excellence in Wheelchairs and Related Technology, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 90:1076-83. 2009
    ..To examine the impact of surface type, wheelchair weight, and rear axle position on older adult propulsion biomechanics...
  51. ncbi request reprint Does upper-limb muscular demand differ between preferred and nonpreferred sitting pivot transfer directions in individuals with a spinal cord injury?
    Dany Gagnon
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Department of Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 46:1099-108. 2009
    ..104 to 0.946). These results indicate that direction preference expressed by individuals with SCI when transferring between seats of even height is not explained by relative muscular demand differences...
  52. ncbi request reprint Wheeled mobility: factors influencing mobility and assistive technology in veterans and servicemembers with major traumatic limb loss from Vietnam war and OIF/OEF conflicts
    Justin Z Laferrier
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Department of Veterans Affairs VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 1206, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 47:349-60. 2010
    ..4; 95% CI 1.2-4.9), and number of combat injuries (AOR = 1.4; 95% CI 1.2-1.7) are associated with wheelchair use. Combined use of different types of mobility ATs promotes improved rehabilitation and ability to function...
  53. ncbi request reprint Assessing mobility characteristics and activity levels of manual wheelchair users
    Michelle L Tolerico
    Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 44:561-71. 2007
    ..Results from this study provide a better understanding of the activity levels achieved by manual wheelchair users and insight into factors that may influence this activity...
  54. ncbi request reprint Fatigue testing of selected suspension manual wheelchairs using ANSI/RESNA standards
    Andrew M Kwarciak
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 86:123-9. 2005
    ..To evaluate the durability and value of 3 common suspension manual wheelchairs and to compare the results with those of previously tested lightweight and ultra-lightweight folding-frame wheelchairs...
  55. ncbi request reprint Durability, value, and reliability of selected electric powered wheelchairs
    Megan V Fass
    Departments of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 85:805-14. 2004
    ..To compare the durability, value, and reliability of selected electric powered wheelchairs (EPWs), purchased in 1998...
  56. ncbi request reprint Shoulder magnetic resonance imaging abnormalities, wheelchair propulsion, and gender
    Michael L Boninger
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, and VA Piitsburgh Health Care System Center of Excellence in Wheelchairs and Related Technology, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 84:1615-20. 2003
    ..To investigate the relationship between pushrim forces and the progression of shoulder injuries in manual wheelchair users...
  57. ncbi request reprint Kinematic analysis for determination of bioequivalence of a modified Hybrid III test dummy and a wheelchair user
    Michael Dvorznak
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories Center of Excellence in Wheelchairs and Related Technologies, Department of Veterans Affairs, Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 42:343-51. 2005
    ..This indicates that the HTD is a suitable surrogate for a wheelchair user in low-speed, low-impact wheelchair studies...
  58. doi request reprint Wheelchair repairs, breakdown, and adverse consequences for people with traumatic spinal cord injury
    Laura A McClure
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 90:2034-8. 2009
    ..McClure LA, Boninger ML, Oyster ML, Williams S, Houlihan B, Lieberman JA, Cooper RA. Wheelchair repairs, breakdown, and adverse consequences for people with traumatic spinal cord injury...
  59. ncbi request reprint Evaluation of selected electric-powered wheelchairs using the ANSI/RESNA standards
    Andrew J Rentschler
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Systems, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 85:611-9. 2004
    ....
  60. ncbi request reprint Clinical evaluation of Guido robotic walker
    Andrew J Rentschler
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Department of Veterans Affairs VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence in Wheelchairs and Associated Rehabilitation Engineering, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 45:1281-93. 2008
    ..The Guido did not perform better than the AMD during the trials. Revisions to the device as well as a change in subject requirements and testing protocol may produce different results...
  61. ncbi request reprint Investigating neck pain in wheelchair users
    Michael L Boninger
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206, USA
    Am J Phys Med Rehabil 82:197-202. 2003
    ..The purpose of this study was to examine the significance of NP in wheelchair users and to determine if a portion of the NP may be myofascial in origin...
  62. ncbi request reprint Surface electromyography activity of trunk muscles during wheelchair propulsion
    Yu Sheng Yang
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories 151R1 H, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Systems, 7180 Highland Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon) 21:1032-41. 2006
    ....
  63. ncbi request reprint Comparison of mobility device delivery within Department of Veterans Affairs for individuals with multiple sclerosis versus spinal cord injury
    Fabrisia Ambrosio
    Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 44:693-701. 2007
    ..001). The disparity in VHA wheelchair prescription between these two groups indicates a need for further research regarding the assistive device prescription process in these populations...
  64. ncbi request reprint A wheelchair usage monitoring/logging system
    Dan Ding
    Member, IEEE, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, and Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 phone 412 365 4885 fax 412 365 3858 email
    Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 7:6897-9. 2005
    ..The initial testing results showed that the system can be used as a clinical compliance tool to determine how clients are using their wheelchairs, and if they are effectively using seat features to relieve seating pressure...
  65. doi request reprint Repeatability of ultrasonographic median nerve measures
    Bradley G Impink
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Department of Veterans Affairs and University of Pittsburgh, 7180 Highland Drive 151R1 H, Building 4, East Wing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206, USA
    Muscle Nerve 41:767-73. 2010
    ..We believe an appropriately designed protocol can utilize ultrasound to accurately assess changes in median nerve characteristics after activity...
  66. doi request reprint Ultrasonographic median nerve changes after a wheelchair sporting event
    Bradley G Impink
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 90:1489-94. 2009
    ..To investigate the acute median nerve response to intense wheelchair propulsion by using ultrasonography and to examine the relationship between carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) signs and symptoms and the acute median nerve response...
  67. ncbi request reprint Evaluation of the safety and durability of low-cost nonprogrammable electric powered wheelchairs
    Jonathan L Pearlman
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Systems, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 86:2361-70. 2005
    ....
  68. pmc Validation of grayscale-based quantitative ultrasound in manual wheelchair users: relationship to established clinical measures of shoulder pathology
    Jennifer L Collinger
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206, USA
    Am J Phys Med Rehabil 89:390-400. 2010
    ..The primary aim of this study is to establish the validity of grayscale-based quantitative ultrasound (QUS) measures of the biceps and supraspinatus tendons...
  69. ncbi request reprint Proper propulsion
    Alicia M Koontz
    Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, USA
    Rehab Manag 16:18-22. 2003
  70. ncbi request reprint Freestyle seating
    Mark R Schmeler
    Center for Assistive Technology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, USA
    Rehab Manag 17:38-42. 2004
  71. ncbi request reprint Analysis of whole-body vibration during manual wheelchair propulsion: a comparison of seat cushions and back supports for individuals without a disability
    Carmen P DiGiovine
    Assistive Technology Unit, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Assist Technol 15:129-44. 2003
    ..From a clinical perspective, the time domain transmissibility best describes the transmission of whole-body vibration...
  72. ncbi request reprint Kinetic and physiological analysis of the GAME(Wheels) system
    Thomas J O'Connor
    Houston VA Medical Center, 2002 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 39:627-34. 2002
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  73. ncbi request reprint Demographic characteristics of veterans who received wheelchairs and scooters from Veterans Health Administration
    Sandra L Hubbard
    Department of Veterans Affairs VA Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center of Excellence, North Florida South Georgia Veterans Health System, Gainesville, FL, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 43:831-44. 2006
    ..585) were more likely than Caucasians to receive standard wheelchairs. Hispanics (OR = 0.4), African Americans (OR = 0.7), and American Indians/Asians (OR = 0.4) were less likely than Caucasians to receive scooters...
  74. ncbi request reprint Whole-body vibration during manual wheelchair propulsion with selected seat cushions and back supports
    Carmen P DiGiovine
    Assistive Technology Unit, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
    IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng 11:311-22. 2003
    ..Comparisons between the individuals own seating system and the tested seating systems suggest that the individuals are not using the most appropriate seating system in terms of the reduction of vibration transmission...
  75. ncbi request reprint Upper-limb joint power and its distribution in spinal cord injured wheelchair users: steady-state self-selected speed versus maximal acceleration trials
    Robert Price
    Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98053, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 88:456-63. 2007
    ..To compare upper-limb joint power magnitude and distribution between the shoulder, elbow, and wrist during maximal acceleration (MAC) versus steady-state, self-selected speed (SSS) manual wheelchair propulsion...
  76. ncbi request reprint Preserving upper-limb function in spinal cord injury
    Michael L Boninger
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 88:817; author reply 818. 2007
  77. ncbi request reprint Push for power
    Rory A Cooper
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, USA
    Rehab Manag 17:32-6. 2004
  78. ncbi request reprint Introduction to nanotechnology: potential applications in physical medicine and rehabilitation
    Assaf T Gordon
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New York University, Rusk Institute, New York, New York, USA
    Am J Phys Med Rehabil 86:225-41. 2007
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  79. ncbi request reprint Reliability and diagnostic accuracy of the clinical examination and patient self-report measures for cervical radiculopathy
    Robert S Wainner
    U S Army Baylor Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, Fort Sam, Houston, Texas, USA
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 28:52-62. 2003
    ..A blinded, prospective diagnostic test study was conducted...
  80. ncbi request reprint Peer review: issues in physical medicine and rehabilitation
    Amy K Wagner
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Safar Center for Resucitation Research University of pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, USA
    Am J Phys Med Rehabil 82:790-802. 2003
    ..It also provides suggestions for editorial considerations and improvements in the peer-review process for physical medicine and rehabilitation research journals...
  81. ncbi request reprint Acute inpatient rehabilitation of 55 patients after liver transplantation
    Megan H Cortazzo
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Am J Phys Med Rehabil 84:880-4. 2005
    ..Our objective was to examine each of these areas related to rehabilitation after liver transplantation...
  82. ncbi request reprint Development of a clinical prediction rule for the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome
    Robert S Wainner
    US Army Baylor Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, Fort Sam, Houston, TX, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 86:609-18. 2005
    ..To develop a clinical prediction rule (CPR) and to assess the reliability and diagnostic accuracy of individual clinical examination items for the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)...
  83. doi request reprint Trends and issues in wheelchair technologies
    Rory A Cooper
    Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    Assist Technol 20:61-72. 2008
    ..Some of the trends in wheelchairs are going to require new service delivery mechanisms, changes to public policy, and certainly greater coordination between consumers, policy makers, manufacturers, researchers, and service providers...
  84. ncbi request reprint Development of the seating and mobility script concordance test for spinal cord injury: obtaining content validity evidence
    Laura J Cohen
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories VA Center of Excellence in Wheelchairs and Related Technology, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206, USA
    Assist Technol 17:122-32. 2005
    ..The process utilized to develop the SMSCT in spinal cord injury can be replicated for other diagnoses and domains...
  85. ncbi request reprint Intelligent walkers for the elderly: performance and safety testing of VA-PAMAID robotic walker
    Andrew J Rentschler
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Systems, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 40:423-31. 2003
    ..The VA-PAMAID has good range, has adequate reaction time, and is structurally sound. Clinical trials are planned to compare the device to other low-technical adaptive mobility devices...

Research Grants6

  1. Acute Rotator Cuff Tendon Changes Associated with Wheelchair Propulsion
    Michael Boninger; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..This type of information is critical to appropriate selection of interventions in subsequent controlled trials. ..
  2. Wheelchair Propulsion Training
    Michael Boninger; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..Minimizing cadence and maximizing push angle during wheelchair propulsion may help to minimize injuries and could be the first step in an interventional trial to reduce arm pain in SCI. ..
  3. Training Rehabilitation Clinicians for Research Careers
    Michael Boninger; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..Potential mentors include senior faculty from the School of Medicine, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, the Graduate School of Public Health, School of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Engineering. ..