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Thursday, 11 May 2017 15:53

Adaptive Sports

Staying active and healthy despite paralysis through adaptive sports.

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) has a slogan that says, “Exercise is for EVERY body.” Exercise is one of the most effective means for maintaining and improving your health, yet it’s something that few people get enough of. This is especially true for people with disabilities, whose ability to get enough exercise may be limited by social or physical barriers. As a result, many people with disabilities suffer from the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, including obesity, diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.

So what can we do about it?

One great answer is adaptive sports. Sports have long been one of the best ways to stay active and healthy, because they combine social interaction, competition, and exercise into a single activity. Each year, more people and organizations are getting involved in adaptive sports, making old sports accessible to people with disabilities and even inventing some new sports, like Murderball. The result is that more people with disabilities are getting out, staying active, and having fun.

Here’s a list of some of the most popular adaptive sports:

  • Archery
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Skiing
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Hand cycling
  • Sailing
  • Scuba
  • Sled hockey
  • Snowboarding
  • Wheelchair rugby (aka Murderball)
  • Tennis
  • Waterskiing
  • Wheelchair racing
  • Yoga

Several of these sports even have professional teams, like the US Paralympic Cycling Team.

There are many organizations and events for adaptive sports – too many to list. Below you can find a few great resources for getting involved in adaptive sports.

As a final note, many rehabilitation centers have their own adaptive sports programs, like the Shepherd Center and Brooks Rehab. Now get out and play!

If you know someone who may be interested in adaptive sports, share this article with them on Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest, or LinkedIn

If you’re trying to stay active and healthy despite paralysis, or maybe you’re trying to build strength and endurance for an adaptive sport, the MyoCycle may be right for you. To learn more about how the MyoCycle fits into an active and healthy lifestyle, click here.

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Saturday, 10 September 2016 17:42

MYOLYN to Compete in FES Bike Race

On October 8, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland MYOLYN will be competing in the Cybathlon, a competition which we like to describe as the world's first augmented Olympics. As stated on the Cybathlon's official website, http://www.cybathlon.ethz.ch/, the Cybathlon is "a championship for pilots with disabilities who are using advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies."

The Cybathlon will include 6 different disciplines, including an FES bike race. In this event, the pilots will have a thoracic spinal cord injury with a complete loss of motor function, yet will be required to cycle around a 1000 meter track using only their legs and an electrical stimulator.

MYOLYN is developing the most advanced FES cycling algorithms in the world. By precisely controlling the timing and intensity of stimulation applied to all of the rider's muscle groups, MYOLYN's algorithms can enable a paralyzed pilot to generate a smooth pedaling motion that provides more power than other FES cycling systems.

We intend on taking home gold for the Cybathlon's FES bike race, so keep a look out for the race next fall. In the mean time, check out some of the Cybathlon promotional videos and the other awesome discliplines in the competition!

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Saturday, 14 May 2016 16:57

Invictus Games 2016

 

We had the pleasure of attending the 2016 Invictus Games this week and had a great time watching teams of wounded warriors and disabled athletes compete in sports like Wheelchair Rugby and Wheelchair Tennis.

Invictus Games usaUSA beat Australia 36-15 in Wheelchair Rugby!

From their website, "Competitions like the Invictus Games aid in holistic healing throughout the recovery and rehabilitation process: mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically & socially. The Invictus Games serve as a reminder that there are Service men and women who adapt to a 'new normal', long after the Games are over. Military or not, anyone who experiences the Games will walk away changed."

We couldn't agree more. Check out the Invictus Games website for more information, including highlight reels and other videos from the event.

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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 17:25

Cybathlon Update

The world's first augmented Olympics, the Cybathlon, is still on schedule for October 8, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland (and tickets are on sale!). The Cybathlon committee recently updated the site with video from last year's rehearsal, and they updated the rules for the events. Most notably, the team pages have been updated, so click here to see a list of all the teams competing in the FES bike race.

MYOLYN is still seeking a qualified pilot (motor complete SCI, T12 or higher) who has a great personal story to tell and an indomitable drive to be the world's best augmented athlete. Contact us today if you or someone you know is interested in competing.

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