Photo: Martin Schulz winning gold in first triathlon at Paralympics; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Paralympics: Rio 2016 draws to a close with hundreds of records broken

19/09/2016

There is more to the success of a Paralympic Games than numbers alone, but one number makes a compelling case for Rio 2016 having been one of the best Games ever: 209 world records were set during the 11 days of competition.
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Photo: Markus Rehm; Copyright: Rio 2016/Paulo Mumia

Markus Rehm determined to lift Paralympic sport to new heights

16/09/2016

The centimetres keep adding up for Markus Rehm, the German long jumper who flies as far as the best in the world and begins the defence of his Paralympic title on the night of Friday (16 September) at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
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Photo: ‘The Backfavela Boys’ pose with their medals at the Olympic Stadium; Copyright: Rio 2016/Ana Patrícia Almeida

Forget the Backstreet Boys, meet the Backfavela Boys, Brazil’s new Paralympic heroes

14/09/2016

Daniel Silva, Diogo Ualisson Jeronimo da Silva, Felipe Gomes and Gustavo Araújo won gold for Brazil in the 4x100m relay for visually impaired sprinters on Monday at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and then revealed the unusual nickname they go by. “We say that you've got the Backstreet Boys, but we are the Backfavela Boys,” said Araújo with a laugh.
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Photo: Iranian sitting volleyball team playing against China; Copyright: Rio 2016/Paulo Mumia

Paralympics: Iranian giant Mehrzad begins journey to summit of sitting volleyball

12/09/2016

At the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, as the Iranian delegation entered the Maracanã it was hard to take your eyes off the giant figure in their midst. At 2.46m high (over 8 feet), sitting volleyball player Morteza Mehrzadselakjani is the tallest man in Iran and by some distance the tallest athlete at Rio 2016.
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Photo: Paralympic fire has been lit during opening ceremony; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Drama, seduction and samba launch Paralympic Games at spectacular opening ceremony

09/09/2016

Rio de Janeiro welcomed the 2016 Paralympic Games to Brazil on Wednesday (7 September) night with a spectacular wheelchair stunt and a colourful display of some of the city's most treasured charms – sand, sea and samba.
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Photo: Two women talk and take the view; Copyright: Rio 2016/João Salamonde

Athletes' village opens and adapts for Paralympic Games

07/09/2016

Nearly 4,350 athletes will call Rio de Janeiro home for the next few weeks as they settle in and prepare for the Paralympic Games. Athletes, along with many more coaches, trainers, referees and officials — plus several guide dogs — have moved into 31 towers and are eating at a massive canteen that can serve up to 60,000 meals every day.
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Photo: Model of a Sclerostin-fragment; Copyright: University of Würzburg

Osteoporosis: Antibody crystallized

05/09/2016

Osteoporosis particularly affects elderly women: the bone's structure weakens and the risk of suffering fractures rises. As prophylaxis patients are advised to have a healthy diet and perform physical exercises; when the risk of bone fractures is high, medicine preventing further bone loss is prescribed in addition.
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"I have a real chance of winning gold in Rio"

01/06/2016

From water to land – Christiane Reppe has given up her long career as a competitive swimmer to successfully ride towards excellence with a handcycle after taking a brieftime out. REHACARE.com spoke with her about old and new achievements, the difference in the disciplines and the Rio Paralympics of course.
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Athletic competitions

01/06/2016

This year there are two big sport events for people with disabilities: the German Special Olympics in June and the international Paralympics in September. Which sport event is often forgotten, which types of sport have an inclusive approach and what kind of goals Christiane Reppe goes for in Rio, you will get to know in our Topic of the Month June: Athletic competitions.
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Athletic competitions for all people with disabilities

01/06/2016

Sporting events like the Paralympics, Deaflympics or Special Olympics were named in reference to the Olympic Games. But ultimately all of these events still stand in the shadow of the Olympics. That’s reason enough to pay a little more attention to these sporting events for people with different disabilities.
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Practiced inclusion: wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball are prime examples

01/06/2016

Sports are exciting. Sports unite. This is especially true for team sports. When people with disabilities and able-bodied persons play sports together, we can rightly call it practiced inclusion. Great examples of this are wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. But what does practiced inclusion in sports really mean? And what about the representative role of the Paralympic Games?
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Photo: Ludger Steffens

"Judo is ideal for persons with or without disabilities"

26/11/2015

A change of gait pattern and paralysis on the right side of the body and particularly of the arm – at first glance, these consequences of a stroke don’t appear to be the best prerequisites to partake in the sport of Judo. Yet Ludger Steffens likes to prove the opposite is true. REHACARE.com spoke with the 63-year-old about successes and inclusion in martial arts.
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August 2015: Inclusion in competitive sports

03/08/2015

Competitive sportsmen and sportswomen aim for medals and new records. This applies to athletes with and without disabilities. But how inclusive are professional sports meanwhile effectively? Who and what is still a matter of debate and what kind of successes have already been achieved, you will get to know in the Topic of the Month August: Inclusion in competitive sports.
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"Sailing is the most inclusive sport"

03/08/2015

As a Paralympic discipline, sailing is being dropped. The decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to eliminate sailing from the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games is not just a bitter pill to swallow for athletes. The resolution is also going to have a long-term negative impact on this national and international recreational sport.
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"We expect fewer injuries of blind and visually impaired swimmers from our pool wall warning system"

03/08/2015

When a blind swimmer is touched on the head or back by a tennis ball attached to a long pole by the so-called "tapper", then he or she knows that the pool wall is coming up. If this signal is given too early or too late, it can result in disqualification or injuries. Researchers in Leipzig, Germany, are currently working on an alternative.
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Competitive sports with and without disabilities: Alone instead of together?

03/08/2015

Is a prosthesis an advantage? Researchers at Bournemouth University in England try to answer this question and examine to what extent lower limb prosthetics represent a competitive advantage in joint competitions of athletes with and without disabilities. During the past few months, the "Markus Rehm case" has attracted a great deal of attention – and criticism in Germany.
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