REHACARE Newsletter

Photo: a man standing in front of a barn, wearing a prosthetic leg; Copyright: Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Natural gait: New Ottobock patent simplifies prosthesis control

05/05/2021

New measuring technology, sensors or interfaces – advanced technology is often behind changes that are barely noticeable to the naked eye. Patents ensure the appropriate recognition of the scientific effort behind them. The health tech enterprise Ottobock was recently granted a patent for a simpler sensor system to control prostheses and orthoses.
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Photo: two photos of a man, where he is picking up a ball: Once with powered prosthetic ankles, once without; Copyright: Aaron Fleming

Amputees: powered prosthetic ankles can restore a wide range of functions

21/04/2021

A recent case study from North Carolina State University demonstrates that, with training, neural control of a powered prosthetic ankle can restore a wide range of abilities, including standing on very challenging surfaces and squatting. The researchers are currently working with a larger group of study participants to see how broadly applicable the findings may be.
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Photo: Johannes Floors, a german athlete, at the Paralympics 2016 in Rio; Copyright: Ottobock

Ottobock well-prepared for challenges of 2021 Paralympics

14/04/2021

The Corona pandemic led to the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics for a whole year. Never before have preparations for this international para sports event been so challenging – and this is also true for medical technology company Ottobock.
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Photo: a man – Marcel Michitsch – posing in a field with his motorbike; Copyright: Moritz Gerthausen

Marcel Michitsch – That's how he rolls

24/03/2021

Marcel Michitsch's hobby is loud and dirty: He is an enduro rider and spends every free minute off-road on his motorbike. Man and machine fight their way through routes of up to 80 kilometres in length – it's less about speed and more about endurance. Why he was used to challenges even before his hobby and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a girl with two leg prostheses on a track – Julia Porzelt; Copyright: private

Julia Porzelt – That's how she rolls

10/03/2021

Julia Porzelt is a team athlete: together with her horses Dainty and Bruno, she is internationally successful in dressage. She never gets bored: besides intensive training, she goes jogging and works with her retriever dog Feline – her assistance dog in training. Which celebrities she would like to train with and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Quokka bag on a wheelchair; Copyright: Quokka

Functionality included: accessories for people with disabilities

02/03/2021

Sometimes an outfit is just an outfit – perhaps it’s not terribly exciting or unique, but it does the job. But expressing your individuality from time to time never hurt anyone. How do you showcase your personal style? With the right accessories: a scarf, a belt, or a matching bag. REHACARE.com took a closer look at companies that accommodate the specific needs of people with disabilities.
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Photo: a bald man with a beard in standting in a sports stadium. He wears a black shirt that says

Kim Cremer – That's how he rolls

16/12/2020

Kim Cremer is a doer, he doesn't let anything stop him. And even though he doesn't need a wheelchair himself, he sees where society still has a lot to catch up when it comes to accessibility – both in everyday life and in people's minds. Who has always encouraged him in his doer mentality, how this mentality fits in with his big dream and and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo collage: Male model in a wheelchair and female model with prosthetic leg in clothes from MOB Industries, as well as close-up of a shirt sleeve; Copyright: Jakob Gsöllpointner/MOB Industries

Fashion by MOB Industries: "Inclusion means to truly embrace all body types"

16/07/2020

Fashion without barriers – that’s the mission of Viennese-based startup MOB Industries (German: Mode Ohne Barrieren, hence the abbreviation MOB). How has the coronavirus outbreak affected the company’s latest collection and how do functionality and aesthetics go hand in hand? REHACARE.com asked MOB founder and CEO Josefine Thom.
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