Handcycling - CHI Health, Omaha, Nebraska (NE)

Handcycling provides an exhilarating sense of freedom and a great upper body workout for persons with disabilities.

Most handcycles are tricycle in form, with two coasting rear wheels and one steerable, powered front wheel. Today's models benefit from innovations in both the cycling and wheelchair industries, and may include lightweight components, high pressure tires, wide-range gearing systems, high-tech seating, hydration and steering systems.

Handcycling was approved as part of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Cycling Program in 1998 and was included at the World Cycling Championships for the Disabled that same year. In 2004, the IPC included a race for handcycles (men only) at the Paralympic Games in Athens Greece for the first time. Although handcycle racing is still relatively new, it has become very popular worldwide and athletes in the U.S., Europe and Australia compete in respective national race series. Although handcycling is popular with the racing crowd, most handcycles are purchased by recreational athletes. In contrast to racing wheelchairs, handcycles are easily adjusted, simple to operate, and very easy to transfer in and out of. As a result, thousands of people with and without disabilities are handcycling to improve cardiovascular and aerobic health, increase upper body strength, ride with friends and family, and improve overall fitness. (Source: IPC)

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Please contact the Therapeutic Recreation Department at 402-572-2276 or email Jena Munson