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Uniform Throwing Chair for Seated Throwing Sporting Events

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Student Designers: Cheng-Shiu Chung, Jui-Te Lin, Maria L. Toro, Nahom M. Beyene, Yasmin Garcia (University of Pittsburgh)

Abstract

Left: Throwing chair with design team member Right: Assembled throwing chair
Left: Throwing chair with design team member Right: Assembled throwing chair

The authors collaborated on the design, fabrication, and evaluation of a throwing frame that adjusts to accommodate seated throwing athletes at all classification levels. The benefits of the throwing chair design are that participation will be easier, more standardized, and fair to all competing athletes. The throwing events considered included javelin, discus and shot put events among athletes in fully seated to partially standing positions and various throwing strategies. The throwing chair was designed with input by athletes who are also wheelchair users. Evaluations will be made by competitors at the Warrior Games of the US Paralympics from May 10-14, 2010 at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs and the National Veteran’s Wheelchair Games in July 4-9, 2010, in Denver, CO.

Solution

The purpose of this design project was to develop a throwing chair that incorporate features enabling athletes to perform optimally, design a safe, adjustable throwing chair for fair competition among athletes, and manufacture a uniform system to reduce inspection and set-up time. The chair must be modular with fast adjustability, accessible tie down method, and various game rules.

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