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The Paralympics Cathy Howells OAM BAppSc(Phty)APAM Author, The Amputee Coach
From 1948 to London 2012
Competition for Disabled Athletes: disabled athletes compete on opening day of London Olympics. Rome 1960 – 1 st official Paralympic Games, open to not just war veterans – athletes with different disabilities included, not just wheelchair athletes Seoul – Paralympics is coined and Games held after Olympics.
What came out of London 2012?
Controversy: Transtibial competition Beaten by A giraffe in underpants?
Leg Length: What should it be? The Proportions of Man The Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci circa 1490
Weve been here before… 1992 Barcelona 1996 Atlanta
Unilateral vs Bilateral 100m J. Peacock 10.9 R.Brown A. Fourie O.Pistorius 11.14
Unilateral vs Bilateral > 100m 1.Oscar Pistorius Blake Leeper David Prince WR 4. Alan Olivera
World Champs 2011 Christchurch T44 200m Men
BKA vs AKA using points GOLD: Kelly Cartwright, WR:4.38m, 1030 pts SILVER: Stephanie Reid, PR: 5.28m, 1023 pts
TKA vs AKA vs Knee Fusion??
World Champs 2011 Christchurch T42 100m Womens final
Unilateral vs Bilateral AKA <100m T42 100m 1.Popow,H Reardon,S Czyz,W Whitehead,R
Unilateral vs Bilateral AKA >100m Richard Whitehead T42 200m 1. Whitehead Vance Popow Reardon
Is no legs an advantage?
Knee joints? Compulsory? Mechanical vs Anatomical Prototypes
Advances in Technology
4 bar hydraulic Prototype- modified hydraulic
Selecting the right technology
Progression of Transtibial Running Alignment
Amputee Physiotherapy Involvement Clean up the gait. Empower them. From Sickness to Wellness. Disbility to Ability. Education- whats available?
Amputee Physiotherapy involvement ROM Muscle Strength Control Core Muscle Activation Movement Patterns
Lessons from the Paralympians Walk well before you run or anything else…
Lessons from the Paralympians Appropriate prescription Initial upgrading to enable handling of sporting prosthesis.
Lessons from the Paralympians Use the power of your mind. Be conscious of muscles working and what it feels like. Treat your body like an athlete. Mental rehearsal
Create a new Powerhouse.
Core: Specific Functional
Its difficult…thats the point! Strength Stability
Challenge them and you
Never give up.
We need to be their Champions…
Keep your eyes on the Prize. Sydney 2000 Gold Medallists Mens 4x100m and 4x400m. Both World Records. Neil Fuller, Steve Wilson, Tim Mathews, Heath Francis.
Not disabled athletes….ATHLETES with a disability
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