Monday, February 24, 2020

Tag: Wheelchair Athletes

PROBLEMS PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED ATHLETES FACE

Published: November 2, 2007

The number of physically impaired athletes, who includes wheelchair athletes, amputees, and athletes with cerebral palsy, visual impaired and intellectually impaired athletes has substantially increased over the years.

Physically challenged athletes have similar injury rates and patterns as their able bodied counterparts, however, some injuries and illnesses are more common in certain Disability types than others.

The most common cause of disability for wheelchair athletes is spinal cord injury (SCI). For such athletes, noxious stimulus commonly precipitated by distended bladder, fecal mass, contact with sharp objects can leads to uncontrolled nervous response, which presents with headache, higher blood pressure, flushing, sweating profusely and increased heart rates.

‘You have to learn how to start over again’

Published: June 6, 2007

20070607-2The day was supposed to be like any other. At age 51 Darryl Neighbour, the boss of a construction company he co-owned, was finishing the roof of a house as he had done countless times before.

He was raised by a carpenter of a father; working with wood and nails was in his blood.

He had left his safety harness in his truck as the thought of taking a serious fall hadn’t crossed his mind. This roof was flat and was only 10 feet off the ground.

He stumbled. Fell. An awkward landing broke his back.

College wheelchair athletes play in ‘other’ basketball tourney

Published: March 23, 2007

EDINBORO, Pa. – The nine teams battling it out on the basketball court here aren’t listed on any NCAA brackets. There will be no crowd-pleasing slam dunks, no sky-high leaps and no national television coverage.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any less madness in this March tournament.

As the game clock starts, these athletes dribble and pass the ball while propelling themselves down the court in sweeping, powerful strokes with their muscular arms on lightweight wheelchairs. They spin around opponents, blocking shots or stopping them from advancing. With a large crash, they slam into each other, occasionally falling on their sides before picking themselves up and doing it all over again.

This is wheelchair basketball.

Connecticut Murderball

Published: December 28, 2006

Depending on how you read the situation, the Connecticut Jammers are either having a bad year or a great one.

The state’s wheelchair rugby team’s one-and-nine record isn’t impressive, but other factors have to be considered. Like how the team’s roster has swelled to 10 players thanks to recent mainstream exposure to the sport, and some of the team’s troubles are explained by the addition of players new to the game.

Everyone is a Player

Published: August 5, 2006

art8cThe paralyzed patients at Rehab Hospital are taught how to relearn their skills and sports

DAWNA ZANE has won the marathon in Honolulu, paddled in New Zealand and skied in Alaska. All in a wheelchair.

In 2000, Zane was in a car accident that left her with a spinal cord injury, paralyzed from my chest down.

A bike for the paralysed

Published: November 15, 2004

By Jane Elliott – BBC News Health Reporter

People paralysed by spinal cord injuries could soon be able to go out cycling.

Scientists say the tricycle, which works by stimulating the legs electrically, will not only provide a means of transport and recreation, but should also stop muscle wastage and could provide more mobility.

Paralympic athletes shooting for awareness

Published: July 27, 2004

Don’t pity the women on the USA Wheelchair Basketball team.

That’s the message from South University’s Mary Vacala, appointed to the medical staff for the Paralympic Games in Greece this September.

The Paralympic Games is a parallel competition for athletes with disabilities and takes place about two weeks after the Olympics.

Hospital organizes team for those with spinal cord injuries

Published: June 6, 2004

After an accident five years ago robbed him of the use of his legs, Joe Papale figured his days playing in a softball league were over.

He was wrong.

Disabled Quincy man puts past behind him, focuses on the future

Published: May 22, 2004

Greg Starman admits he will occasionally still find himself wondering, “Why?” Why did such an unbelievably cruel twist of fate have to befall a strapping, young Marine from Quincy?

Why, less than one week before his 21st birthday, did he find himself a quadriplegic.

Understanding the Importance of Language

Published: November 13, 2003

Every day more than thirty people become paralyzed from spinal cord injury (SCI) or disease. SCI generally results in one of two types of paralysis:

1. Paraplegia ­ paralysis affecting the legs and lower part of the body;
2. Tetraplegia ­ paralysis affecting the level below the neck and chest area, involving both the arms and legs.

The majority of people with SCI use wheelchairs for mobility, thus, they encounter many obstacles and barriers in everyday life. Among the most difficult barriers are those involving the public’s misperceptions and attitudes.

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