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Wheelchair Racquetball: A Preliminary Time Motion Analysis



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Wheelchair racquetball players in the A and B division of the 1989 Canadian Racquetball Championships were videotaped and their performances were analyzed. The results indicated that the athletes had an exercise-to-pause ration of 1:1.5 at eh A level and 1:2.3 at the B level. Rallies were slightly longer at the higher level, with substantially longer pause periods at the B level. There was a higher percentage of longer rallies at the A level, although both division of play had comparable percentages of forehand and backhand shots. A-level players demonstrated greater distances covered per rally, greater by the number and magnitude of directional changes. In particular, A-level players showed a greater tendency to use small directional corrections, particularly turns to the right of less than 45° . It is suggested that this action allowed a less restricted backswing for powerful forehand shots.


Authors: Colin Higgs

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