Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Paralympics: Electric Shock To Testicles Can Help ?

It is not news that athletes will take drugs or stimulants to get an advantage in competitive sports. But it came as news to me that paralympic athletes resort to stopping urine, breaking bones and even electric shocks to very sensitive body parts in order to get an advantage.

According to Brad Zdanivsky, a 36-year-old Canadian quadriplegic climber, as reported in this article in BBC:

Some people do that in sports by clipping off a catheter to let the bladder fill - that's the easiest and the most common - and you can quickly get rid of that pain stimulus by letting the urine drain out. I took it a notch further by using an electrical stimulus on my leg, my toe and even my testicles.

It is called "boosting" and it takes advantage of something called "autonomic dysreflexia" (AD) to increase blood pressure and performance. According to Wikipedia " AD occurs most often in spinal cord injury individuals with spinal lesions above the T6 spinal cord level; although, it has been known to occur in patients with a lesion as low as T10. But in addition to the increase in blood pressure which is the point of "boosting" AD is also associated with throbbing headaches, profuse sweating, nasal stuffiness, flushing of the skin above the level of the lesion, bradycardia,  apprehension and anxiety, which is sometimes accompanied by cognitive impairment. Further Zdanivsky says "you are getting a blood pressure spike that could quite easily blow a vessel behind your eye or cause a stroke in your brain," and "It can actually stop your heart. It's very unpleasant, but the results are hard to deny."

Enjoy the Paralympics, they start TODAY!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Multiple System Atrophy : How You Can Help

Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a rare neurological disease that is debilitating and terminal. Patients lose mobility and must rely on assistive devices progressively throughout the course of the disease. Other systems break down as well, leaving patients trapped within their own bodies. Much is needed to research and support the needs of these people.

With the support of MSA NJ, SDS/MSA Support, Inc. is hosting its annual conference in New Jersey on Saturday, September 8 2012 at the Newark Airport Hilton with a reception for attendees on Friday, Sept. 7. Also, on the eve of the conference, MSA NJ is hosting a fundraiser dinner-dance. We welcome patients and caregivers impacted by MSA to join us for the conference, and anyone who enjoys good food and music while helping a good cause to join us for the dinner-dance. Registration is required. Other opportunities to support this cause are available through sponsorships, ads, and donations.

All relevant information can be found at

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Six Solutions For Dirty Wheelchair Tires

What do you do about dirty, yucky wheelchair tires? When you take your wheelchair outside, you never know what kind of crap you are going to roll over (and I mean that literally). So, how do you clean those filthy wheelchair wheels? Here are six interesting and innovative solutions for cleaning dirty wheelchair tires:

Solution #1: Stick your dirty wheelchair into a wheelchair washer:

Solution #2: Put your dirty wheelchair wheels on rollers

Solution #3: Use an electric tooth brush to clean up your dirty wheelchair tires

Solution #4: Mount a gadget on your wheelchair which can clean the dirty tires automatically

 Solution #5: Use "elbow grease" to clean those dirty wheelchair wheels

Solution #6: Use washable RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers to keep the dirty wheelchair tires from touching the floor.

Which do you prefer?

Read more about RehaDesign Wheelchair Tire Covers.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Handbiker und Rollstuhlbasketballer Gesucht!

 A German Textile Institute Is Looking For Wheelchair Athletes

The Hohenstein Institute is making a study about sports clothes for wheelchair athletes. The aim is to optimize clothes for handbiker and wheelchair basketballer in size and function. Therefore we are seeking wheelchair athletes (Handbike and Basketball) for body measurements. Further information under


Hohenstein Institute optimieren Sportkleidung für Rollstuhlsportler –

machen Sie mit!

Ganz besonders im Jahr der Paralympics zeigt sich, dass Rollstuhlsportler Höchstleistungen in ihren Disziplinen erbringen. Doch die Bekleidung ist noch nicht optimal auf die spezifischen Anforderungen angepasst. Allein die sitzende bzw. liegende Haltung bei Rollstuhlbasketballern und Handbikern stellt eine besondere Herausforderung an Material, Schnitt und Verarbeitung der Sportbekleidung.

Im Rahmen des durch das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie geförderten Projektes sollen an den Hohenstein Instituten mit modernsten Untersuchungsmethoden neue Grundlagen geschaffen werden, mit denen Unternehmen für Rollstuhlsportbekleidung optimale Produkte herstellen können.

Um Sportbekleidung für Rollstuhlfahrer optimal gestalten zu können, möchten wir bei der Entwicklung eng mit Sportlern zusammenarbeiten. Ab April 2012 suchen wir männliche Liegendbiker und Rollstuhlbasketballer zur Erfassung des Körpers im Sportrollstuhl. Die Vermessung erfolgt berührungslos und sicher (Laserklasse I = augensicher) mittels modernster optischer 3D Bodyscanner. Die Vermessung findet am Hohenstein Institut statt. Für Mannschaften können Vororttermine vereinbart werden.

Mit Ihrer Unterstützung, werden unsere Wissenschaftler optimale Materialzusammensetzungen definieren und Schnitte sowie Verarbeitung an die besonderen Anforderungen von Rollstuhlsportlern anpassen können. 

Vereinbaren Sie einen Termin! Alle Daten werden selbstverständlich anonym behandelt und nur für Forschungszwecke an den Hohenstein Instituten ausgewertet.
Wir danken Ihnen für Ihr Interesse und freuen uns über Ihre Teilnahme.
Für alle Fragen rund um das Projekt stehen wir Ihnen sehr gerne zur Verfügung.
Wenn Sie einen Termin mit uns vereinbaren wollen, wenden Sie sich bitte einfach telefonisch oder per E-Mail an:

Anke Klepser M.A.
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Monday, August 6, 2012

Who Makes Oscar Pistorius "The Blade Runner" Blades ?

By now you have certainly heard about Oscar Pistorius otherwise known as "The Blade Runner". If not, have a look at the video below:


During the August 2012 Olypics in London, Oscar Pistorius became the first double leg amputee ever to participate in the Olympic Games. While he did qualify for the semifinal of the Olympic 400 meters, unfortunately, he did not make the final. However, Oscar Pistorius will compete on Thursday 9 August as part of South Africa’s 4x400 relay team. 

But if you are wondering who makes Oscar Pistorius' prosthetic running feet, those "blades" which give him the name "blade runner", have a look at the Cheetah from Ossur. In fact it is the same prosthetic foot used by Marlon Shirley and April Holmes. There was controversy concerning those blades which initially kept Pistorius from competing in the Olympics. But Ossur made a very strong statement showing that these blades do not give the South African athlete an unfair advantage.