Monday, December 9, 2019

Tag: Adaptive Sports

How wheelchair rugby ‘changed everything’ for one athlete

Published: November 5, 2019

Carl Williams maneuvers across the court with the practiced precision of an athlete. He simultaneously searches the crowd, calculating which team member can catch an inbound throw without being intercepted.

This might seem a tough task for Williams, a double amputee aboard a wheelchair. But Williams, 38, has become a master of wheelchair rugby, a full-contact sport with a mix of rules from football and soccer. He takes aim the moment he spots Timothy Jones, the other top scorer for a team called the TIRR Texans, which was started in 1997.

Best Sports to Play Following a Spinal Cord Injury

Published: September 25, 2019

Sustaining any form of serious injury can be terrifying, however, when that injury affects your spinal cord, it can be somewhat even more worrying. This is particularly true for those who have always been active, but now face the prospect of life in a wheelchair.

The good news is that just because someone has a spinal cord injury, this does not mean that they have to give up when it comes to participating in sports. There are numerous sports which are incredibly popular among the disabled community and plenty of opportunities to get involved for fun or competitively.

Oscar Mike: Noah Currier’s mission to empower injured veterans inspires hope and healing

Published: March 11, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

The founder of Oscar Mike, a million-dollar apparel company focused on supporting injured veterans, receives his care at the Milwaukee VA. Noah Currier, who is passionate about wheelchair sports, will be fitted for a new wheelchair on March 13 in preparation for the upcoming National Quad Rugby Invitational.

Oscar Mike is sponsoring the National Quad Rugby Invitational in Rockford, Illinois from March 28 to 30. There are currently more than 200 slots available for area athletes.

Disabled golfer becomes first worldwide to captain an able-bodied club

Published: February 5, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

A golfer who uses just one arm to play his shots is set to become the world’s first paraplegic captain of an able-bodied club.

Terry Kirby, 63, was a budding new golfer before – in a devastating turn of events – he lost all feeling below his chest following the removal of a tumour found on his spinal cord.

Mr Kirby, who had one leg shorter than the other, was visiting the doctors in 1994 to be given a shoe stint.

However, he was rushed to hospital after a doctor commented on the weakness of his legs.

Paralyzed Veterans of America highlights the UnstoppABLE spirit of veterans in new public service...

Published: October 22, 2018

Campaign aims to inspire all those living with a disability to be UnstoppABLE in their everyday lives

WASHINGTON (October 22, 2018)UnstoppABLE is a new, high-impact, public service announcement (PSA) campaign from Paralyzed Veterans of America that celebrates the indomitable spirit of veterans with spinal cord injury and disease. The PSA showcases Paralyzed Veterans of America’s adaptive sports programs which empower veterans and help them transcend adversity and conquer challenges throughout their lives. To watch the UnstoppABLE PSA, go to pva.org/UnstoppABLE.

Para Dance Sport seed planted in USA

Published: July 7, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Course sprouts excitement in dance community

The media coverage, buzz and participant feedback around the Para dance sport course in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has Cheryl Angelelli confident this is only the beginning in the USA.

The four-time Paralympic swimmer-turned-dancer helped organize the two-day course in late June that introduced the basics of the sport to 25 instructors from around the country.

Quadriplegic photographer Loren Worthington captures adaptive sports

Published: June 20, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

At 21 years old, Loren Worthington slid head first into third base, but when he collided with the pitcher’s knee, he was instantly paralyzed. However, two decades after the accident that broke his neck, he discovered that by picking up a camera, he could still feel like he was right in the middle of the action.

Once a College Basketball Player, Paralyzed Athlete Now Curls

Published: February 26, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Steve Emt Wheelchair CurlingSteve Emt was rolling himself up a hill to a pie shop in Falmouth, Massachusetts, when the coach of a wheelchair curling team noticed the former UConn basketball player.

The shop’s name was Pie in the Sky. An interesting coincidence, Emt thought, when Tony Colacchio approached him and suggested that within a year he could turn Emt into a Paralympic athlete in a sport he’d never heard of.

It took a few years, but next month, Emt will compete in the Paralympic Games in South Korea as the vice skip of the United States curling team.

How adaptive ski programs are giving the injured their lives back

Published: December 5, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

IT’S A COBALT-SKY, 13-inch powder day at Tahoe’s Alpine Meadows and Matt Leonard is on the bunny slope. This isn’t exactly where Leonard, a 29-year-old avid skier who grew up in Vermont and now lives in San Francisco, wants to be. He can see the top of the mountain from his perch on the resort’s green-circle Subway chair and he knows there’s a foot of fresh slathering the steeps on the peaks above him. But today, this flat, groomed run is where Leonard will be skiing.

Two years ago, in late February of 2015, Leonard caught an edge while skiing those very steeps at Alpine Meadows. A strong, confident skier, that day, a freak misstep changed his life. He lost control and slammed into a lift tower.

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