How to Measure the Dimensions of a Racing Wheelchair

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    • 1). Sit down on a chair or stool and pull your knees together.

    • 2). Press firmly against your hips and measure the distance across to determine the hip width.

    • 3). Press firmly against the sides of your lower ribs and measure the distance across to determine the chest width.

    • 4). Press firmly against your knees and measure the distance across to determine the knee width.

    • 5). Raise your arm straight to the side and measure from the interior of the armpit to the tips of the fingers to determine the arm length.

    • 6). Keep your arm raised to the side and measure from the interior of the armpit to the center of the hip to determine the torso height.

    • 7). Acquire a racing wheelchair frame.

    • 8). Measure the top width of the seat which is the chest width. Measure the bottom width of the seat for the hip width. Measure the space between the front bars of the seat for the knee width.

    • 9). Compare the wheelchair measurements with your measurements. If your measurements are larger, the wheelchair is too small for you. If the wheelchair measurements are equal or only slightly larger, the wheelchair may be a proper fit for you.

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      Add wheels to the wheelchair frame.

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      Adjust the height of the seat by adding or removing cushioning. The racer must be able to reach the lowest point on the hand ring.

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      Adjust the seat forward or backward by adding or removing cushioning. When leaning forward in the pushing position, the racer's shoulders should be 1 to 2 inches in front of the hand ring.

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