Assessment for Classification

Each dancer will have an initial assessment and thereafter will be assessed on an annual basis.  Dancers must be assessed in the chair they use when competing.  Any change of chair requires re-assessment.  For more information please go to Classification Assessment System.

Classification Assessment System

Each dancer should be assessed annually.  Dancers must be assessed in the chair they use when competing.  Any change of chair requires re-assessment.

Forward Speed: This test allows for differing speeds of chairs and differing size and weight of dancers.  Time taken in seconds to cover a distance of 10 yards in a straight line (from stationary)  Time is then converted to a score out of 8

Arm Test: This test allows for differing arm or leg strengths of muscles used in dancing.

  • Manual Chairs – Forward Arm Extension: Pressure agains resistance for a forward arm extension. (right and left)  Graded on the Oxford Scale.  This is normally done by a physiotherapist. (for a foot propelled chair the same test is done with the R and L leg)
  • Power Chairs – Pressure Contact: The time that pressure contact is maintained on the control knob, to maximum of 10 seconds. (equivalent to the arm test for manual chairs)

Hand Test: This test allows for involuntary muscle spasm and also slow muscle response since the timing would be lost before the full ten hand movements were completed.

  • Manual Chairs – Hand Grasp:  With handshake hold alternately grasp and release at least 10 times, keeping time to a metronome speed of 100 beats per minute.  Count number out of 10 that were in time and adjust the strength of grip.
  • Subtract 1 if grasp started firmly and weakened before the end.
  • Subtract 2 if grasp was weak throughout (for foot propelled chairs the test is for downward foot press and life up again)
  • Power Chairs – Hand Movement Forward and Backward:  The hand grasp test are replaced by a forward and backward movement of the control keeping in time to a metronome speed of 100 beats per minute.
  • Power Chairs – Hand Movements Left and Right:  The alternate hand test will be replaced by a right and left movement, done in the same way, with a score out of 10 for the number of movements in time.

Postural Balance: This test compensates for the difficulties of dancers unable to turn their heads or lean forward as well as those with uneven reach for the 2 wheels due to one sided balance.

  • Score 0 if unable to sit unsupported
  • Score 1 if balance is one-sided
  • Score 2 if level balance

See Scoring in Wheelchair Dance Association Members Handbook

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