Photo: A camera man filming a game of the wheelchair basketball championship 2018 in Hamburg; Copyright: Andi Weiland | www.gesellschaftsbilder.de

Transforming Lives: London 2012 employment legacy

17/12/2018

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and United Nations Human Rights Office have launched the first of three short films focusing on the employment legacies left by the London 2012 Paralympic Games as part of its "Transforming Lives Makes Sense for Everyone" campaign.
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Photo: Sprint situation during a men's nordic skiing cup; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Hanns Krebs

France to host camp for intellectually impaired skiers

05/12/2018

World Para Nordic Skiing and the International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) will host an historic camp and competition for skiers with intellectual impairments in Bessans, France, from 9-14 December.
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Photo: Teacher and his class holding self-made signs; Copyright: Leszek Sibilski

Paralympic dream inspires US students

03/12/2018

Students at a community college in the USA have been so inspired by the impact Para sport is having around the world that they are helping one aspiring athlete to achieve her dream of competing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
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Photo: FIS President Gian Franco Kasper and IPC President Andrew Parsons at the signature of the new FIS-IPC agreement; Copyright: IPC

IPC and FIS sign new agreement for World Para Snow Sports

21/11/2018

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Ski Federation (FIS) have announced a new Cooperation Agreement for the World Para Snow Sports. The agreement was signed in early November following a meeting at the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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Photo: Female longjumper at the Para Youth Games; Copyright: Luc Percival

European Para Youth Games line-up revealed

12/11/2018

Eight sports have been confirmed for the fifth edition of the European Para Youth Games, set to take place in Pajulahti, Finland, between 25 and 30 June 2019. Athletics, boccia, goalball, judo, swimming, table tennis and wheelchair basketball make up the programme. Showdown, which is sport for vision impaired athletes similar to table tennis, will also be contested as a demonstration sport.
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Beth Griffiths – That's how she rolls

08/08/2018

From the middle of nowhere in Wales, Beth Griffiths writes about beauty, lifestyle, disability and books she reads. Besides that the 25-year old Welsh girl is a passionate wheelchair Basketball player. Her team, the Worcester Wolves, is kind of family to her. What her attitude towards life is, what she would love to do and what her relationship to cheesecake is like, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Racing cyclist during the road time trial in Rio2016; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

July 2018: Auxiliary means for professional sports

02/07/2018

When the athlete is no longer able to optimize anything during training, the focus shifts to the sports equipment. For para-athletes these are their auxiliary means. While athletics is often about prostheses and their possible advantages over athletes without prostheses, team sports focus on wheelchairs. In winter sports, on the other hand, it's usually about the right cutting.
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Photo: Wheelchair rugby between Brazil and Great Britain at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Sports wheelchairs: Playing field, street and skatepark demand variety

02/07/2018

For many people with disabilities, the wheelchair is not just their everyday companion but increasingly also turns into sports equipment. What are some of the differences when this assistive device is used for recreational purposes versus in professional sports? And what makes them so unique? REHACARE.com has asked several athletes to find out.
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Photo: Handbike on the street. One leg of a athlete can be seen standing beside the bike; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Adaptive sports equipment runs the gamut from custom adaptation to unauthorized modification

02/07/2018

People with disabilities always have to be creative if they want to take part in aspects of life that many take for granted. And that’s no different when it comes to sports. Since then, lots of adaptive equipment to accommodate special disabilities and sports has been developed, while the choices and leisure sector options have likewise become more multifaceted.
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Photo: Racing cyclist during the road time trial in Rio2016; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Auxiliary means for professional sports

02/07/2018

When the athlete is no longer able to optimize anything during training, the focus shifts to the sports equipment. For para-athletes these are their auxiliary means. While athletics is often about prostheses and their possible advantages over athletes without prostheses, team sports focus on wheelchairs. In winter sports, on the other hand, it's usually about the right cutting.
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Photo: Anna Schaffelhuber with her monoski in front of a mountain panorama; Copyright: www.panzenberger.com

Adaptive equipment in winter sports: Customized and expensive, but extremely important for performance

02/07/2018

For winter sports enthusiasts, the wrong type of wax or the wrong grinding for the runners spells disaster - after all, one-hundredths of a second can make all the difference. Anna Schaffelhuber and Andrea Eskau, who make up two-quarters of Germany’s successful "A-Team" during the 2018 Paralympics, explain the importance of adaptive equipment and assistive technology for their performance.
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Photo: Markus Boettner; Copyright: private

Markus Boettner – That's how he rolls

13/12/2017

Markus Boettner grew up with the Wartburg in sight and the Thuringian Forrest as playground. After he graduated University the passionate musician moved to Galway, Ireland. He moved back to Germany since half a year now. What moves the linguist and why a quotation of his good friend enriches his life, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Christian Jaster; Copyright: Malte Wittmershaus

Christian Jaster – That's how he rolls

06/12/2017

Para ice hockey is the ultimate sport for Christian Jaster. Since he was a child he is infected with the ice hockey virus. Meanwhile, Jaster has become an integral part of the German Para Ice Hockey National Team and webmaster of the official homepage. What other sports he wants to try out and what he would like to be, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Cheering soccer fans at the stadium; Copyright: panthermedia.net/mikdam

Blind soccer fans are on the ball for 90 minutes thanks to match reporting

17/08/2017

For nearly 20 years, the "Fanclub Sehhunde; Fußball-Fanclub für Blinde und Sehbehinderte e.V." promotes match reporting for the blind to ensure that its members fully experience a stadium visit. REHACARE.com spoke with deputy chairperson Nina Schweppe about the match reporting for the blind and the obstacles that still need to be overcome before full inclusion in stadiums becomes a reality.
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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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