Photo: Snowboarder in winter; Copyright: panthermedia.net/yanlev

Snowboard meets the desert!

12/10/2018

The snowboard season will kick off in the most unexpected of places in less than a month’s time – the desert! Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will host an official winter sport competition for the first time when the world’s best riders compete in the opening World Cup from 7 to 8 November.
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Photo: Woman exercising in the gym; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Arne Trautmann

Exercise reduces stress, improves cellular health in family caregivers

08/10/2018

Exercising at least three times a week for six months reduced stress in a group of family caregivers and even appeared to lengthen a small section of their chromosomes that is believed to slow cellular aging, new UBC research has found.
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Graphic: Part of the American Geriatrics Society White Paper Executive Summary; Copyright: 2018, American Geriatrics Society

New report on mobility has experts moving toward consensus on care as we age

08/10/2018

Experts at the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) unveiled a list of recommendations to help health systems prioritize a vital function for us all as we age: mobility. Mobility refers to our ability to move freely and easily (on our own or with assistance).
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Photo: Photographer at Wheelchair Basketball World Championship 2018 in Hamburg/Germany; Copyright: Andi Weiland | www.gesellschaftsbilder.de

UK Athletics presents best practice with disability photographers

04/10/2018

Number of professionals covering events like UK Athletics has increased since 2011. Sports photographers with disabilities were the focus at UK Athletics last week as the governing body marked National Inclusion Week in Great Britain.
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Photo: Sitting volleyball match between Germany and USA at the Paralympics 2016; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Tokyo 2020: Record number of sports to be broadcast live

07/09/2018

A record 16 disciplines from 14 sports will be available for Rights Holding Broadcasters to show live from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed.
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Photo: The rowing athletes that participated at the 'inclusion tour'; Copyright: World Rowing and IPC

'Inclusion tour' brings rowers together

03/09/2018

Rowers with and without an impairment from Austria and Italy came together as part of an inclusion tour held over the summer on the River Danube. The tour covered 94km over three days, with participants enjoying a mixture of sports, leisure and culture, in a way only rowing could offer.
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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