Technical Skills

Knowing how the chair works in order to select it, to set it up and to maintain it afterwards is very important. Sport wheelchairs may be sturdy but need regular care. Let's Play staff and our partners can help you with slecting a chair that's right for you.

Follow the links below to get you started. Because chairs are different and the requirements for each individual are different, we reccomend you talk to other kids, parents, coaches, or wheelchair shops to learn more. 

Anatomy of a Wheelchair

  • Casters
  • Caster Forks
  • Footplate
  • Camber Bar
  • 5th and 6th Wheels
  • Wheels, Push Rims and Spokes
  • Seating and Belts
  • Back Rest and Bar
  • Other Straps

Learn more about sport wheelchairs on the BCWBS website

Regular Maintenance

  • Always check air tire pressure
  • Tighten spokes
  • Shave burs off of push rims

Go through the Maintenance Checklist on a regular basis

Fixing Problems

Toe-in/Toe-out

If your chair turns to the right or left when you are going straight and take your hands off the wheels then your wheels are not in alignment.

Other things to look for

  • Broken Spokes
  • Flat Tire
  • Fluttering Casters

If you have more questions about these and other issues, please talk to a local dealer for assistance.