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25 September 2013

Progress in Wheelchair Rugby Classification Research

In 2009, the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) asked its member countries to express their concerns about classification. Based on these concerns, an online survey was created and all athletes and stakeholders were invited to participate and provide feedback.


Many athletes and stakeholders responded, and based on the details they provided, it was determined that they were a large and representative sample of the Wheelchair Rugby population.

The goal of the process was to prioritize issues for research in classification as was mandated by the International Paralympic Committee Classification Code and to improve classification. Research on the prioritized subjects was started in 2010, and several improvements to the IWRF Classification System have been proposed and adopted since then.


Most of the work was done at the research department of the Sint Maartenskliniek in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. There is also a close cooperation with the University of Leuven in Belgium and the University of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, USA.


Recently, the first journal article about the research "Reliability of the revised Wheelchair Rugby trunk impairment classification system" was published in Spinal Cord. The link to the abstract of this article is www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/sc.2013.109


We hope you will enjoy reading it, and we will keep you posted on any future publications on Wheelchair Rugby classification research.