HandbikeBattle June 13, 2019
The HandbikeBattle is a Dutch annual handbike competition at the Kaunertaler Gletscher in Tyrol, Austria. In addition to teams from rehabilitation centres, individual participants are also allowed to participate in the competition. The participating Dutch rehabilitation centers are: De Hoogstraat, Raede, Rijndam, Heliomare, Sint Maartenskliniek, het Roessingh, Adelante, Beatrixoord, Libra, Tolbrug, Vogellanden, Basalt Revalidatie en Revant.
Vicair was present at the HandbikeBattle this year as a sponsor to support the participants before, during and after the Battle. During the Battle, Vicair was part of the volunteer team. The rest of the week Vicair was present to provide information to participants and therapists, to answer questions about sitting / positioning and to help think about cases they were presented with. It was also possible to test a Vicair wheelchair cushion at the Battle.
The HandbikeBattle is a competition for handbikers. The most important thing about the Battle is that the participants reach the finish line and gain confidence in their own capacities. The purpose of the Battle is to make people active and fit, by offering them a challenge that stimulates them to train handbiking independently and together with others. The next edition of the HandbikeBattle is on June 18, 2020!
In 2013 a study was started by the HandbikeBattle in order to measure the changes in the physical and mental capacity of the participants. It is now known that the HandbikeBattle training courses have positive effects on physical fitness (peak power and peak oxygen). Also, there is a positive effect measured on the BMI and the waist size. However, about a number of subjects little is still known. They would like to know more about the prevention of sport injuries. Also they want to know how it works for the participants in the long term. The purpose of the research is that handbikers and rehabilitation centres can benefit from the knowledge.