06/07/2016Disabled cyclists will be among those competing at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in September 2016. Ensuring top performance calls for prosthetics of superior design, but tailoring them to handle the combination of movements cyclists make has always been a problem. Now, in a new movement lab, a test prosthesis is helping to quickly and precisely optimize these artificial limbs.
15/06/2016The Rio 2016 organising committee has revealed the official slogan for the first Olympic and Paralympic Games in South America: "A New World". The motto and the accompanying manifesto were revealed in a special ceremony at Barra Olympic Park on the afternoon of Tuesday (14 June).
01/06/2016From 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.
01/06/2016This 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.
01/06/2016Sporting 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.
01/06/2016Sports 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?
26/11/2015A 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.
03/08/2015Competitive 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.
03/08/2015As 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.
03/08/2015When 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.
03/08/2015Is 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.