Athlete-perceived impact of frame running on physical fitness, functional mobility and psychosocial outcomes
van der Linden, Marietta
Van Schie, Petra E. M.
Verheul, Martine H. G.
Von Walden, Ferdinand
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Van der Linden, M., Van Schie, P.E.M., Hjalmarsson, E., Andreopoulou, G., Verheul, M.H.G. and Von Walden, F. (2022) ‘Athlete-perceived impact of frame running on physical fitness, functional mobility and psychosocial outcomes’, Journal Of Rehabilitation Medicine, 54.
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. Survey. Frame Running athletes aged 5 years and over. A survey was distributed to athletes through their club or sports organization. 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. Frame Running is a safe physical activity with athlete-perceived benefits on physical fitness, functional mobility and psychosocial outcomes.