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IC11 – Optimizing the Ride: How Manual Wheelchair Configuration Enhances Function

Program ID : IC11.2017
Webinar Length of Time: 1.25 Hour

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Jennith Bernstein, PT, DPT, ATP
Permobil, Inc.
Lebanon, TN
United States

Jennith has been a PT for over 12 years and spent the last 10 years at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2004 and completed her transitional DPT at University of Texas Medical Branch in 2014.Jennith has served as a volunteer teacher in Guatemala. Jennith has presented at national conferences such as RESNA, ISS, and APTA NEXT conference. Jennith joined Permobil as a Clinical Educator in 2016.

Devon Doebele, PTA 
Max Mobility
Nashville, TN

Devon Doebele has a background in Physical Therapy, working for the past 15 years representing manufacturers of complex rehab equipment. 
This includes such manufacturers as Ti Lite, Roho, and Ki Mobility.
Devon currently works with Max Mobility, LLC. to support them in their efforts to provide clinical education and training along with the development of web and mobile applications.

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

Jennith Bernstein discloses the following conflicts:

  • Full-time employee of Permobil, Inc.
  • Regional Clinical Education Manager

Devon Doebele discloses the following conflicts:

  • Full-time employee with Max Mobility
  • Smart Driving Education


Technology continues to allow us to enhance and modify manual wheelchair configurations. Factors such as: frame materials, tires, wheels, casters, and frame length, all contribute to performance and function as well as how much force and effort is required for wheeled mobility. When a clinician, supplier, and client understand how to pair wheelchair skills with wheelchair prescription, the best possible outcome and maximal riding experience occurs. This course will review recommendations regarding optimal wheelchair configuration, summarize research to support component selection, as well as demonstrate propulsion over terrain with an optimally configured chair, as compared to a sub-par chair. We will identify how to prioritize chair configuration to optimize propulsion and skills, both with and without power assist. Discussion will take place regarding how to find a balance between stability and instability to allow maximal function in all planes of seated movement. 
This session is supported by a company with reported interest in the sale of Assistive Technology products. The content has been reviewed by ISS personnel and determined to be appropriate for continuing education purposes.

Learning Objectives

Upon viewing this webinar, participants will be able to:


CEU Registration and Cost

0.125 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for viewing 1.25 hours of instruction.
The cost for the webinar is $59.00

Instructions to Obtain CEUs

go to the RSTCE web site at: www.rstce.org

    1. Enter user name and password or create new profile
    2. Select Webinars
    3. Select the webinar: IC11.2017, Optimizing the Ride
    4. Complete your registration

A payment confirmation will be sent via e-mail.
(Allow 10 minutes for the database to process payment and send a confirmation e-mail).

After viewing the webinar

    1. log back into database and Select Post Tests and Evaluation for: IC11.2017, Optimizing the Ride
    2. Select and complete Post Tests and Evaluations

You will receive your CEU Certificate via e-mailed as a PDF file (Please allow 10 minutes for the database to process your certificate and send it to your e-mail)

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.
The University of Pittsburgh is certifying the educational contact hours of this program and by doing so is in no way endorsing any specific content, company, or product. The information presented in this program may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions.

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Updated | 05.24.2017