This book is the result of almost 40 years of involvement with the phenomenon sitting, especially the desire to comprehend it, and of enlightening furtherance of that comprehension gained from the author's own research carried out between 1997 and 2000.
Sitting behaviour is observed and then analysed and explained with the help of biomechanics and (neuro)physiology.
Conclusions are drawn from this and the consequences summed up for sound sitting behaviour and the desired properties for various sorts of seats and furniture, with special attention being given to seating support in wheelchairs.
There is an in-depth study of four separate subjects that are presented as such.
The results of the cooperation with the rehabilitation centre Het Roessingh in Enschede, the Netherlands regarding the implementation of the new insights into sitting in wheelchairs are described.
The author Dr. Harrie Staarink graduated in 1974 as an industrial designer at the Delft University of Technology. He gained his PhD in 1995 on an investigation assessing the quality of wheelchair cushions.