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Yearly Archives: 2014

Sit-skiers find freedom on the slopes

Published: February 17, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Derek Moseychuk in a sit-skiTHE BLUE MOUNTAINS — Derek Moseychuk has found a new sense of freedom.

The Brampton man hit the slopes of the Craigleith Ski Club for the first time in more than a year on Thursday, with the steady hands of Steve Jones right behind him.

Moseychuk snowboarded on a regular basis at Blue Mountain, until a car crash in December, 2012, rendered him quadriplegic.

Stanton couple shares unique love story

Published: February 17, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Cliff and Denise CopelandMost love stories don’t begin with an accident that leaves one of the lovers paralyzed from the neck down. This one does. And against all odds, it ends with a happily ever after.

Our story gets under way in the summer of 1996, as Cliff Copeland stood beside a car, talking with the driver. The two were “having words,” when the driver unexpectedly hit the gas. In a twist of fate so bizarre it would be difficult to duplicate intentionally, Cliff’s toe snagged beneath the treads of the car’s rear tire.

He tried to pull free, but as the vehicle sped away, Cliff was lifted sideways and twisted, irrevocably damaging the C5 and C6 vertebrae of his spine.

Meet Chris Hrabik, The Quadriplegic Rally Car Racer

Published: February 16, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Chris Hrabik Quadriplegic Rally Car RacerRally car racing is popular in Europe and Canada, but it has a much lower profile in the United States. It is a dangerous sports in which racers thrash through rural, gravel roads at high speeds in street-legal cars as they try to score the fastest time.

Chris Hrabik, from Sedgewickville, will compete in a nationally-sponsored rally this week in Salem, Missouri. And here’s the twist – he’s a quadriplegic.

Chris Hrabik can usually be found leaning over a huge sheets of metal, making precision cuts with a plasma cutter. In the corner of his nearly completed shop sit a half-dozen five-foot tall metal sunflowers.

AdaptaMedical.com

Published: February 16, 2014
AdaptaMedical.com
AdaptaMedical.com

Adapta Medical was founded to improve catheter technology for all users– including me. I’m a C7 quadriplegic with limited finger dexterity who cannot perform intermittent self-catheterization with the current products on the market. I’m also a practicing physician, with many patients who share my limitation and frustration. The design of the PerfIC Cath™ was the result of over 10 years of research and development, along with an enormous amount of user feedback from patients and friends about what they most needed in a product we all depend on daily.

The PerfIC Cath

Published: February 15, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

The PerfIC Cath catheter was created by Dr. Glen House, a C7 complete quadriplegic (aka: tetraplegic) who could not use any other intermittent catheters on the market because of limited dexterity. He needed a super easy-to-use catheter that was mess-free and reduced the risk of infection.

New wheelchair device to prevent pressure sores

Published: February 10, 2014

wheelchair device to prevent pressure soresPressure sores are the leading source of infection, hospitalization and mortality for wheelchair users.

But a new wheelchair sensory system developed through a collaboration with SensiMAT Systems and the University of Toronto’s Professor Milos Popovic is poised to help.

“Take for example, the sad story of Christopher Reeve,” says Popovic. “After his injury Christopher Reeve and his foundation poured millions of dollars into stem cell research. But in the end, he died from a pressure sore that could have been prevented by this inexpensive solution.”

Diaphragm pacing in spinal cord injury successful in weaning patients from ventilators

Published: February 7, 2014

A new study published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery finds that diaphragm pacing (DP) stimulation in spinal cord-injured patients is successful not only in weaning patients from mechanical ventilators but also in bridging patients to independent respiration, where they could breathe on their own without the aid of a ventilator or stimulation.

QuadStick: A Game Controller for Quadriplegics

Published: February 6, 2014

kickstarter-badge-funded-300x286A mouth and voice operated game controller, mouse, and keyboard to assist a disabled gamer in playing games on the PS3, PC or Android

The QuadStick has a joystick, four sip & puff sensors, a lip position sensor, and a push switch, connected to a 32 bit ARM processor that converts the sensor inputs into USB and Bluetooth signals for host devices.

Kickstarter Project – QuadStick: A Game Controller for Quadriplegics

UCLA gets $6 million to study new ways to restore hand movement after paralysis

Published: February 6, 2014

Dr Daniel LuThe National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has awarded UCLA researchers Dr. Daniel Lu (Brentwood) and Dr. Reggie Edgerton (Bel Air) a $6 million, five-year grant to explore new therapies for the approximately 273,000 Americans living with spinal-cord injuries. Some 12,000 Americans suffer such injuries each year.

The UCLA research will focus on restoring hand function to patients paralyzed from the neck down. Cervical spinal-cord injuries — those involving the neck — make up more than half of the cases in the U.S.

How iRoll Sports

Published: February 4, 2014
HowiRollSports.com
HowiRollSports.com

Our mission is to inspire athletes to perform at their peak through a combination of innovative products and a unique approach. We are dedicated to providing our customers with the best adaptive sport equipment possible, geared toward helping people reach the next level in fitness and sports. No “Medical Supply” stores here.

Jacob Sharff, a ParaTriathlete born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL started How iRoll Sports, LLC in 2013. An athlete and competitor to the core, Jacob never made excuses after being paralyzed from a car accident in 1999 at the age of 16.

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