Yearly Archives: 2014
THE 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.
Most 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.
Rally 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.
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 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.
Pressure 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.”
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.
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
The 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.
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.