Photo: The German team which starts at the World Para Athletics European Championships; Copyright: Binh Truong/DBS

Berlin 2018: Germany select strong team


Numerous reigning Paralympic winners and world champions, promising young talents and newcomers as well as three local heroes, Germany want to cause a sensation in front of the home crowd at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin.
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Photo: Handbike on the street. One leg of a athlete can be seen standing beside the bike; Copyright: Andi Weiland |

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


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 |

Sports wheelchairs: Playing field, street and skatepark demand variety


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? has asked several athletes to find out.
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Adaptive equipment in winter sports: Customized and expensive, but extremely important for performance


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 |

Auxiliary means for professional sports


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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Markus Boettner – That's how he rolls


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
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Christian Jaster – That's how he rolls


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


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. 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"


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. spoke with the 63-year-old about successes and inclusion in martial arts.
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