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Since the early 1980's wheelchair basketball
players have demanded that wheelchair manufacturers produce lightweight chairs
that are quick, strong and can turn on the spot.
Like a lot of sports the athlete with the best 'kit' has the edge over his equally able opponent.
Just as no star of the NBA wear's his street shoes on court - the same happens with wheelchair basketball.
Every full-time wheelchair user
playing basketball will have a separate lightweight wheelchair specially
designed for the basketball court - as well as their lightweight everyday
Most sports wheelchairs are made from the toughest and lightest steel or titanium.
Many basketball chairs now incorporate a 5th wheel at the back, adding to the rigidity and preventing the chair from flipping backwards during play.
Basketball is a contact sport and tests wheelchairs to the limit, note the footplate protection bar. The strength of the chair without compromising the weight (typically around 12 kilos) or the performance is the key to a good basketball chair.
|The wheelchair basketball chair's on display
in Athens will often look something like the 'Quickie All-Court' in this
Note the marked camber, this allows for incredibly quick turning.
The average basketball wheelchair will cost around $1500.
No surprises when you see the top wheelchair basketball teams are from the economically advanged areas of the world.
See also Wheelchair Basketball