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Wheelchair Skills

Manual Wheelchair Skills - Moving Forwards and Backwards Safely

In this video Stephen shows how to save and use energy when moving forwards and backwards and when changing your speed.

Whizz Kidz Team
Whizz Kidz Team

Before you start, take a look at this health and safety checklist:

  • Check you are comfortable in your chair – sit up straight if you can, try not to slouch
  • Bottom in the back of the chair,
  • Brakes on,
  • Seatbelt on,
  • Feet on foot plate,
  • Anti-tip bar down if possible,
  • Keep an eye on your fingers – so not to catch them in your brakes or wheels
  • Check surroundings – have you got plenty of space? / What obstacles do you need to avoid? / Have you got an adult on hand if you need one?