The main goal of this project was to create and validate different prototypes of garments, specifically designed to accommodate the requirements of the wheelchair rugby sport and the special needs of the athletes

Title of project:

Wheelchair rugby sportswear

Start/End date:

August 2017 – July 2018


Solent University | RIKE seed funding


Solent University; Universidade do Minho; Universidad de Valparaíso; University of Manchester

People involved:

Sara Braganca, Mark Jones, Alisson Messenger, Josh Steel, Sarah Passman, Miguel Carvalho, Ignacio Castellucci, Pedro Arezes, Simeon Gill



Bragança, S., Castellucci, I., Gill, S., Matthias, P., Carvalho, M., & Arezes, P. (2018). Insights on the apparel needs and limitations for athletes with disabilities: The design of wheelchair rugby sports-wear. Applied Ergonomics, 67, 9-25.

Bragança, S., Castellucci, I.,Gill, S., Carvalho, M., & Arezes, P. (2018).Evaluation of design recommendations for the development of wheelchair rugby sports-wear. In: Di Bucchianico G. (eds) Advances in Design for Inclusion. AHFE 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 776. Springer, Cham.

Bragança, S., Carvalho, M., Steel J., Passman, S., Gill, S., Castellucci, I., & Arezes, P. (2018) Initial designs of wheelchair rugby gloves. In Aegean International Textile and Advanced Engineering Conference (AΙTAE 2018). Lesvos, Greece.

Bragança, S., Carvalho, M., Gill, S., Castellucci, I. & Arezes, P., (2018) Image analysis as a basis to the design of wheelchair rugby sportswear. In 91st Textile Institute World Conference (TIWC 2018). Leeds, United Kingdom.

Braganca, S., Steele, J., Gill, S., Carvalho, M., Arezes, P. (2017). Sports-wear in wheelchair rugby: establishing design needs. In: Di Bucchianico G., Kercher P. (eds), Advances in Design for Inclusion: Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Design for Inclusion, July 17-21, 2017, Los Angeles, California, USA(pp. 381-389). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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