Tag: Wheelchair Basketball
As head of the University of Pittsburgh’s Human Engineering Research Laboratory, Rory Cooper is helping to guide emerging technologies and treatments to improve mobility for people with physical disabilities.
But for Cooper, who suffered a spinal cord injury in 1980 while serving in the Army in Germany, inspiring others to see past their disabilities can be as rewarding as the latest medical advancement.
Jon Rydberg and Dan James will be representing their hometown of Oakdale and their country by heading to Beijing this September to compete in the U.S. Paralympics.
This is Rydberg’s second Paralympics and he will be competing in singles and doubles wheelchair tennis.
“It’s one of the coolest things you can do,” Rydberg said. “Representing your country, your state, everything like that. It’s a whole package deal.”
James is the coach of the U.S. Paralympic tennis team and Beijing will be the third Paralympics he has coached in. James echoed Rydberg’s sentiments about how it feels to be a part of the games.
CUMBERLAND – A Cumberland woman who sustained a paralyzing spinal cord injury six years ago is using her abilities to help deal with her Disability.
Jyl and Donnie Waters founded the Spinal Cord Organization for Research and Enrichment following Jyl’s 2002 fall from a forklift. The Iowa-based organization recently donated $20,000 to the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md.
Jyl Waters received treatment there and wanted to support the center’s promising and innovative research. Dr. John McDonald, the center’s director and Waters’ lead physician, was also one of the late Christopher Reeves’ doctors.
Tyler Malone’s not letting a wheelchair keep him down
Tyler Malone wants to do something no one else has ever done, something that could affect thousands, if not millions of people. He talks about discovering an answer for paralysis, and his reasons are personal.
“He told me he wanted to become a doctor and create a surgery to fix spinal cord injuries, then he would teach other doctors to fix him,” said his mother, Leslie Grigar.
Three months ago, Tyler was a typical 9-year-old boy, a baseball, basketball and football player, a go-getter and an above-average student. The only thing that is different today is the baseball and football are out; Tyler will never walk again, unless he — or someone else — finds a way to repair severed spines.
XENIA Monday, the Dayton Veterans Wheelchair Sports Team that includes three Greene Countians will benefit from the proceeds when Xenia’s Perkins’ Restaurant & Bakery hosts a fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The three local team members are Phil Kearney, of Xenia; Dale Spiller, of Jamestown, and Jackie Tyler, of Spring Valley.
Proceeds will support the team in state and national wheelchair competitions: the Ohio Wheelchair Games on May 17-19, and the 27th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Milwaukee, Wisc., June 19-23. Visit Perkins’ on Monday and receive a plate of three pancakes with each donation.
ThinkFirst program targets brain and spinal cord injuries in teens, young adults
In one split second eight years ago Chad Thomas’ life changed forever. Driving home at night after work, he fell asleep at the wheel. The next morning, he learned he would never walk again.
As a teenager, Thomas wasn’t so different from many of the local high school students he spoke to in West Hancock’s packed gym Monday afternoon. He was a four-sport athlete, excelling in track. He had just graduated from high school where he grew up in Spirit Lake, and planned to start college in the fall. But a lapse in judgment when he got in his car one night changed all that.
At the time of his accident, Thomas was not wearing a seat belt.
TUSCALOOSA — Much like University of Alabama men’s basketball coach Mark Gottfried and women’s coach Stephany Smith, Brent Hardin scours the country looking for only the best basketball players to wear the uniform of the Crimson Tide.
“It’s scary, how detailed recruiting is these days,” Hardin said.
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.
Part of a great game in Vegas
The Department of National Defence is working with the Canadian Paralympic Committee on a program called “Soldier On” to help members of the military who have been permanently injured in action or on the job to use sports to recover.
The program is still in its infancy and funding and other details are still being worked out. But there’s hope that some of the soldiers involved in the program will choose to compete for Canada, perhaps at the 2008 or 2010 Paralympic Games.