Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tag: Wheelchair Racing

Sports Apparel Doesn’t Always Fit Wheelchair Athletes. This Designer Wants to Change That

Published: June 15, 2020

An elite runner with Olympic genes created a collection just for Paralympians as the capstone project for her master’s degree.

In an effort to make the country’s fastest runners even faster, Team USA’s running uniforms for the 2016 Rio Olympics featured a detail called AeroBlades—small triangles raised off the clothing, which were designed to better channel air flow around the athlete.

The tremendous spirit of tetraplegic Catriona Williams – who defies odds to fundraise for...

Published: February 23, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

This year Catriona will complete a month-long cycle tour in France.

It happened just before Christmas on the 10th of November 2002.

“You never forget your date,” she tells me.

It was the day Catriona Williams, one of our most accomplished horsewomen and leading contender for the Olympics, fell from her mount and broke her neck.

“I knew it was a bit more serious than a collarbone because the pain was so severe.”

‘What I can do, not can’t do’

Published: October 4, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Four years after life-changing accident, he’s back in the race

Jake Anderson is a competitor. A captain of the Chanhassen boys hockey team in 2011-12, he scored 10 goals, helping the Storm to its best finish in program history with 20 wins.

Sitting on the sidelines, or bench in hockey terms, has never been Anderson’s thing.

He wants to be a part of the action.

Tim Morris pushing himself farther

Published: April 15, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Tim Morris pushing himself fartherTen years ago, personal trainer Tim Morris suffered the unimaginable: a T-4 level spinal cord injury after a rollover car accident that left him in a month-long coma with a broken neck, back, ribs, shoulder, hand and punctured lungs.

Morris is now paralyzed from the chest down but, rather than limit him, he has turned his tragedy into inspiration by competing in some of the most challenging competitions in the world, including the Boston Marathon.

Man makes impressive recovery after near-fatal crash

Published: February 7, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Five years of pain can wear anyone down. Ask Josh Heine, and he’ll tell you healing often takes longer than expected.

After a near-fatal car crash in 2007, the 28-year-old Paducah native was left with only limited upper mobility. He had to adapt quickly to life as a quadriplegic, or so people told him.

Now after regaining limited use of his arms and legs, and with several wheelchair marathons under his belt, Heine has modeled for Quickie — a global wheelchair manufacturer — since last May. As a marketing student at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, he’ll begin a national ad campaign in April through wheelchair distributor Sunrise Medical.

Paralympic Athlete Josh Roberts Going for Gold in Rio

Published: August 31, 2016

Paralympic athlete Josh Roberts.Most of us expect to sweat when we get hot. But imagine if you couldn’t sweat. This condition actually affects many people with spinal cord injuries – like Alabama native Josh Roberts. Roberts will be in Rio de Janeiro this September for his third Paralympic Games. He’s a member of the 66-person U.S. track team and occasionally trains on the indoor track at Lakeshore Foundation, the Paralympic training center in Homewood. He’ll be competing in the men’s 100-meter track event in Rio. In contrast, he’s also racing in the much longer 1500-meter.