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Parasports in the time of Coronavirus – restart and reset on hold
To overcome the challenges resulting from the pandemic, sports clubs and associations had to get creative. Reinhard Schneider, Chairman of the Disabled and Rehabilitation Sports Association of North Rhine-Westphalia e. V., knows about the future challenges disability sports face due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on sports associations.
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Height-adjustable, versatile and adaptive – wheelchairs for kids
A wheelchair should fit your needs and support your life wherever it may take you. In theory, you can find the perfect model from many available options. But for one group of people, the choices are more limited – children. Meanwhile, they are the ones in dire need of assistive technology that helps them play with their friends and fosters their independence.
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Labor force participation of people with disabilities in the time of Coronavirus – opportunities and stumbling blocks
Not many of us are lucky enough to find our dream job and stay in it until the day we retire. Sometimes this might be due to health and medical reasons, which could necessitate occupational rehabilitation. If people have a severe disability, Germany’s Federal Integration Offices, or Inclusion Offices along with the pension insurance providers are the responsible authorities.
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Rollators: lightweight mobility aids with style
They used to have an image problem. But now, rollators or walkers, are anything but boring or stuffy. For many, they are treasured state-of-the-art companions for everyday life and a way to express their personality.
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The right assistive technology promotes active sports participation
Whether it’s activities in the water, snow or at home – exercise is a great way to boost your health and feel better. A wide range of assistive technology also makes this an option for people with physical disabilities or mild dementia. Some of these tools allow users to enjoy sports in spectacular, beautiful backdrops – in both winter and summer.
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Lionel Messi and OrCam: Enhancing self-determination in the lives of people with visual impairments
Off the soccer field, professional footballer Lionel Messi is known for his commercials for Pepsi, Lay's or Dolce & Gabbana. Now he has also become the brand ambassador for OrCam MyEye and shines a bright light on this unique assistive technology. Why did the two decide to form this rather unusual partnership?
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Crisis-proof: moso navigates confidently through the coronavirus pandemic
Years of business expertise, in-house production, and new personnel competency – the Motion Solutions GmbH is well-positioned to withstand the challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic and continues to offer its customers the best service. CEO Gierse discusses the role products like the COSEAT and EasyStand play in this setting and reveals the expectations the moso team has for the future.
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Accessible hiking in the mountains: The X8 off-road power wheelchair takes users to the top
From the valley to the hut in a wheelchair – and no shuttle bus or mountain railway required. Wheelchair manufacturer Sunrise Medical teamed up with various partners as part of a joint initiative to turn this idea into a reality.
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Joëlette Kid makes outdoor experiences more accessible
Going on new adventures with the whole family is fun for everybody. At least, if the necessary assistive devices meet the needs of their users. So does Joëlette Kid – the new all-terrain chair by Ferriol-Matrat. In an interview with REHACARE.com, Alison-Lore Bourget told us about the special features and how especially the children react to their new possibilities.
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Mobility: Small hand control systems with a big effect
Simple, ergonomic, reliable – the multifunctional handles, ACCEL BIKE and ACCEL QUAD, enable improved participation in a mobile and self-determined life. What the two solutions have in common and yet differ, Pierre Gouraud, International Sales of Sojadis Equipement, reveals in an interview with REHACARE.com.
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EXTRA: Made to measure sports wheelchair for a better performance
Solid and adapted – this is how auxiliary means for competitive sports such as wheelchair basketball should be. That's why EXTRA wheelchairs from Turkey offers made to measure sports wheelchairs to professional sports people. REHACARE.com talked to Demirhan Serefhan, Managing Director of EXTRA, about the importance of customization and valuable feedback directly from the basketball court.
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Photo gallery: A safe island for siblings
Since May 2020, the sibling support of the Angelika Reichelt Kinder- und Jugendhospizes Joshuas Engelreich (English: Angelika Reichelt Children and Youth Hospice) has been taking place in the newly created so called Geschwisterinsel (English: Sibling Island). You can gain a small insight in our photo gallery.
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Poststroke rehabilitation more effective with vibratory stimulus
Researchers at MUSC Health assess the effectiveness of using vibrations during occupational therapy and find it improves recovery in patients following a stroke.
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Telehealth screening of infants could aid in early autism support
New UC Davis MIND Institute research suggests that telehealth evaluation could help improve access to care for infants with an elevated likelihood of autism. The study found that telehealth approaches in the first year of life could help families facing barriers to care such as geographic distance and long waitlists and aid in early diagnosis and intervention.
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Engineers develop powered exoskeleton
University of Utah engineers develop powered exoskeleton to help amputees walk with less effort.
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PARAVAN realized integrative forklift project
Employer, employers' liability insurance association and PARAVAN make a new job possible for Torsten Krohn, thanks to a forklift truck that has been converted for disabled access.
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Mobile after paraplegia: Ottobock symposium for innovative solutions
According to WHO estimates, there are up to half a million new paraplegic patients in the world every year. Accidents are often the cause. But other conditions can also limit mobility, making patients dependent on a wheelchair, orthoses or functional electrical stimulation.
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Future Paralympians meet Paralympic stars
The images of prosthesis wearers Johannes Floors and Léon Schäfer sprinting and jumping their way to medals in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo are still fresh in our minds. At Ottobock Talent Days at TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Floors and Schäfer shared their enthusiasm and motivation with the Paralympic athletes of tomorrow.
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Nutrition and dietary behaviour: para-athletes don't know it all
A new study by Osaka City University reveals that para-athletes might be in need of nutrition education and a support system for eating behavior.
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Ottobock receives funding for research on intelligent wheelchair seat
Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding a research project by Ottobock. The BMBF is investing in health tech, a key field for the future, and is supporting SITiN – a joint project launched by Ottobock’s wheelchair segment, Human Mobility. In partnership with TU Dresden University, the goal is to develop an "intelligent seat for young wheelchair users".
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Improving control for users of robotic prosthetics
A University of Houston biomedical engineer has been awarded $2.8 million by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to improve the control of robotic limbs and provide natural sensory feedback from robotic prosthetics to amputees.
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High-intensity rehabilitation boosts recovery after a stroke
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in adults worldwide. Rehabilitative therapy is currently one of the best options that patients have to help regain lost motor function. While several studies over recent decades have pointed to the benefits of starting therapy within 6 months after a stroke, there is debate among the medical community regarding how intensive it should be.
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Ottobock: Director of Clinical Research receives award for best research
Boston is the backdrop for a big celebration as the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) hosted the 25th award ceremony for the Howard R. Thranhardt Award. This year marks the third time that Dr Andreas Hahn, Ottobock's Director of Global Clinical Research, received the award.
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Bionic arm restores natural behaviors in patients with upper limb amputations
Cleveland Clinic researchers have engineered a first-of-its-kind bionic arm for patients with upper-limb amputations that allows wearers to think, behave and function like a person without an amputation, according to new findings published in Science Robotics.
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Robot-assisted therapy can help treat stroke survivors
Exoskeleton-assisted rehabilitation can be beneficial in treating stroke survivors, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
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The New Go-Go Endurance Li: Lithium-Ion meets portability
Pride Mobility is excited to expand their travel mobility lineup with the new Go-Go® Endurance Li. What sets the Endurance Li apart from other scooters is the incorporation of lithium-ion batteries. The standard lithium-ion battery is an airline-approved 8 amp hour battery pack. Customers can also purchase a 16 amp hour MAXX lithium battery to enjoy greater range per charge.
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Ottobock extends Paralympic partnership until 2032
The Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo offered the perfect opportunity to look to the future and celebrate: The global partnership between med-tech company Ottobock and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has been extended until 2032.
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Universal multifunctional rotary knob "MultiMote" for cars
Anyone who drives a car with a joystick, accelerator-brake slider or handheld device may occasionally lack a third hand to quickly and, above all, safely operate the turn signal, windshield wiper or other secondary functions of the vehicle. To prevent this from happening, there is the so-called multifunctional rotary knob.
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Mobility Networks launch virtual showroom
Everyone at Mobility Networks is proud to say that their Virtual Showroom has officially been launched, providing all with an interactive experience of their inboard lifts.
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The Jazzy EVO 613: Power wheelchair with 25 percent less charging time
Both the Jazzy EVO 613 and Jazzy EVO 613Li models share many of the same features including mid-wheel drive, a 300-pound weight capacity, a new captain's seat, 13-inch drive tires with a turning radius of 22 inches, Active Trac® Suspension and multiple matte color-through shroud options.
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New Ottobock-workshop for sports wheelchairs in Bad Oeynhausen
Ottobock opened a new customer experience centre in Bad Oeynhausen. They designed the expansive site to house a showroom with personal consulting, workshop and training rooms. This mix will give athletes who come for treatment the opportunity for an interactive experience. They can test drive their customised wheelchair right there, with professionals at hand to make any necessary adjustments.
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#WeThe15: The world's biggest diversity movement began at the Paralympics
The Paralympic Games served to kick-start the #WeThe15 movement. Here, the International Paralympic Committee, the Invictus Games Foundation, the Special Olympics and the ICSD (International Committee of Sports for the Deaf) have joined forces for the first time ever. Their common goal is to draw public attention to the position of people with disabilities in society.
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