Appropriate Use of Seating Bucket
Individuals who lack sitting balance and/or compete in high-contact sports, such as quad rugby, may increase stability and thus enhance functional ability by adding seating bucket.
Seating bucket, or “dump,” is created through drawing the knees closer to the chest by raising the front of the seat sling and “dumping,” or dropping, the bottom of the seat sling. In essence, the athlete sits in a negatively angled seat sling that reduces the distance one’s trunk falls before making contact with the knees. Seating bucket also increases the stability of a chair during high-contact activities such as quad rugby, as the center of gravity is closer to the ground.
Sitting in bucket for an extended period of time can be detrimental to the health of one’s skin as the majority of weight is born by the Ischial Tuberosites. To protect against skin breakdown, it is important to reconfigure the buttocks by frequently engaging in pressure relief, proning, or sitting in an everyday chair.