Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Tag: Paralympic Games

Legacy of a fearless fighter

Published: August 30, 2012

The Paralympic Games were the creation of one remarkable man.

It was on November 9, 1938, Kristallnacht in Germany, when Jewish property was destroyed wholesale and about 30,000 Jews arrested, beaten, murdered or dragged off to concentration camps, that Ludwig Guttmann, the medical director of the Jewish Hospital in Breslau, instructed his staff to admit without question anyone arriving that night.

More Injured Veterans Seek Rehabilitation Through Sports, Compete in London Paralympics

Published: August 27, 2012

The international multi-sport competition for athletes with disabilities hits London on August 29.

On a September day in Afghanistan last year, Lt. Brad Snyder was running to help a group of fellow servicemen who had been struck by an improvised explosive device.

As he ran, a second IED buried in the dirt exploded — and Snyder ended up losing the sight in both of his eyes.

Exactly a year later, on Sept. 7, Snyder will compete for a gold medal in the London Paralympic Games, an international celebration of athleticism for people with physical disabilities.

Claim of ‘blood boosting’ at Paralympic Games

Published: August 23, 2012

BBC World Service documentary suggests practice of artificially boosting blood pressure remains widespread

There is no evidence British Paralympians are involved in the banned practice of artificially “boosting” blood pressure to improve performance, officials said following claims that up to 30% of those athletes with spinal damage may be doing it.

A BBC World Service documentary, Cheating at the Paralympics, that aired on Thursday night, suggested the practice – banned by the International Paralympic Committee since 1994 – remains widespread.

So-called “boosting” involves the deliberate induction of a dangerous condition common to quadriplegics called autonomic dysreflexia, which boosts blood pressure and the heart rate.

Wheelchair champs give tennis a different spin

Published: September 5, 2011

ST. LOUIS • It still bothers Robin Ammerlaan when he has to take his eye off the tennis ball.

Ammerlaan, 43, played tennis for 15 years with what he calls an “able body” before surgery for spina bifida left him unable to walk. For the last 14 years, he’s played from a wheelchair.

The newer game still requires swift movement. In a wheelchair, that means turning your back on your opponent.

“When you’re able-bodied,” he continued, “you always look at the ball.”

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