Friday, March 27, 2009

Adaptive Skiing

BBC correspondent Frank Gardner, who was himself shot and paralysed, explains how you can still ski when you can't use your legs during a skiing exercise up in the Bavarian Alps known as 'Battle Back' . Battle Back is a British Ministry of Defence initiative which aims to improve and formalise the use of Adventurous Training and Sport in the aftercare of wounded Service personnel in order to aid their rehabilitation and return to an active life.
Mono-ski: Individuals sit in a molded seat that is mounted on a single ski and use hand-held outriggers. The mono-ski requires the greatest balance and strength. It is designed for people with double amputations and spinal cord injuries, or other disabilities including spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy (The description taken from the National Sports Centre for the Disabled).