This is an older thread but I came upon it while looking up a similar topic.
Although I’ve never trained anyone in a wheelchair, a friend of mine has. He said that it helped him to spend some time in a wheelchair. It takes a lot more core stability to exercise in a wheelchair than a stationary chair.
Thanks guys! Really appreciate the feedback. I just met the client today and she actually has a brain injury (10 years ago, 26yo female). So, the goal is to have her stand at some point. I’m up for the challenge, but looks like some research is to be done. 🙂
Sean, any experience with this type of injury? I like your enthusiasm!
I agree with the others. Here are couple of links to answers given to similar questions to yours in the past:
I have had experience working with those afflicted with MS, and are working from a wheelchair. Upper body work is probably the best, in most cases, especially if he/she is an experienced wheelchair cyclist. Deltoids, pecs, midtrap and rhomboids are good target muscles. Since shoulder flexion is one of prime movements of a wheelchair athlete, I would emphasize anterior deltoid and pec repetitive movement against load.
take care, danny