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Extreme Sports for Those with Disabilities

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Just because you may live with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) does not mean you can’t participate in living life on the edge with some extreme sports! There are a variety of sports that can help keep your competitive nature alive.

Downhill 4-Cross Biking

With this sport you ascend a mountain via a chairlift or a 4X4 vehicle; when you get to the top you let gravity do most of the work for you on the way down.

Sit Ski

There are different types of skies for people with different disabilities.

The Mono Ski: Developed for those with good upper body strength

The Bi-Ski: For those who prefer to ski in a sitting position, such as people with SCI or MS

The Three Ski: Developed for those with one good leg and two good arms

The Four Track Ski: For those with two legs and arms, natural or prosthetic, and are capable of standing independently or with the aid of outriggers

Wheelchair Skateboarding

Wheelchair Skateboarding is also known as “Hardcore Sitting”. This sport uses manual wheelchairs due to their lightweight material and ability to gain momentum. You can do many tricks, but a very popular trick to learn is doing back flips!

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President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter Become Ambassadors for Shriners Hospitals for Children

President Jimmy Carter appeared in The Shriners Hospitals for Children’s Valentine’s Day themed PSA as part of the announcement that Rosalynn and himself had become sponsors for the hospital.

“Rosalynn and I are very pleased to be helping Shriners Hospitals for Children raise awareness of their efforts to provide life-changing care for children throughout the world,” said Jimmy Carter. “We have been following the philanthropic efforts of Shriners Hospitals for many years and we look forward to helping people understand they are a resource available when seeking medical care for their children.”

The former Presidents involvement will help the hospital to bring greater awareness to their mission of improving the lives of children in need of different specialized medical care. Shriners Hospitals supply specialty care for children with a variety of conditions, but those specifically with Spinal Cord Injuries, Orthopedic Conditions or Burns.

Shriners Hospital for Children has 22 locations in The United States, Canada and Mexico.

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UK School Children Experience Life in a Wheelchair

Both teachers and students at Cuddington and Dinton C of E Primary School in The United Kingdom are taking turns to spend a day in a wheelchair. The idea behind this is to support the Stroke Mandeville Spinal Research organization as part of the charity’s “Wheels at Work” fundraising campaign.

The mission of “Wheels at Work” is to improve the quality of life for people living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). The campaign helps give individuals the opportunity to get a small look into the challenges of everyday wheelchair users.

Both students and teachers went to an interactive assembly to learn about SCI and then began their “Wheels at Work” week by using wheelchairs provided by local specialists. The campaign wanted to create empathy within the children and teachers for those who live their daily lives with Spinal Cord Injuries.

Both students and teachers were extremely passionate about the cause and are still fundraising money for the charity.

Wheels at Work Video

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“Wheel Talk, Wheel Issues”

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The show is a three-part series that is broken down into English, Spanish and Faith-Based. The Mission of “Wheel Talk, Wheel Issues” is to help inform, inspire and create awareness regarding issues related to life as a wheelchair user.

Almost all guests that visit on the show are those who also use wheelchairs, or are experts in their fields related to SCI. Listeners can also call in with questions or their own personal experiences relating to the topic on the show that day.

“Wheel Talk, Wheel Issues” is broadcasted live every first and third Friday morning of the month starting at 11:00 AM PST.

You can listen here at: www.blogtalkradio.com/wheeltalkwheelissues

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Taking Part in Adaptive Sports

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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is extremely important when dealing with SCI. One of the best ways to do this is through taking part in Adaptive Sports. These sports help promote fitness, break down barriers, reveal hidden character, teach essential life lessons and expand individual potential. Overall, it is an effective way to plow through the challenges posed by your disability.

Physical and Psychological Benefits

Physically:

  • Can increase strength
  • Create better agility
  • Improved circulation
  • Boosted Stamina
  • Enhanced Flexibility
  • Continuously burning calories

 

Psychological:

  • Increase in self-esteem and confidence
  • Increased overall desire to succeed  
  • Positive impact on concentration and planning, as well as analytical and social skills, and leadership roles

 

Adaptive Sports You Can Participate In

There are a ton of adaptive sports that you can take part in, it’s just a matter of finding what fits you best. Here we can give you some examples of awesome adaptive sports you might want to try out for yourself!

 

What’s Next for You and Adaptive Sports

Not only can you join clubs or teams based on the sport you choose, but you can also take your skills to the next level by participating in the Paralympics. The Paralympics are a great way to put your sportsmanship to the test and to make new friends and have fun.paralympic-main_2322819b[1]

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Indego Limb Exoskeleton Now is Controlled with an App

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The Parker HMC Indego Exoskeleton allows patients with impaired mobility to walk and participate in gait training. The exoskeleton itself weighs 26 pounds and has no exposed cables or an upper body apparatus and requires no backpack mounted components.

Users wear the device around their waist and legs allowing them to stand and walk. It comes in interchangeable sizes and can accommodate people from 5’1″ to 6’3″ and can withstand up to 250 pounds

Connecting with Bluetooth

The exoskeleton connects to the users Indego app wirelessly via Bluetooth, which allows the patients to control the devices configuration and then enables session monitoring. The app provides access to settings related to standing, walking and sitting. The app also will allow the exoskeleton to be configured to more than one user at a time and will track session durations and session steps in real time. All sessions will have reviews and session logs can be exported.

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