Serving the Seating & Wheeled Mobility Professional
Here’s a premier entry-level, court-based wheelchair tough enough to be used across a wide range of sports and activities, including basketball, tennis and lacrosse. The Multisport is ideal for individual use or by multiple athletes at schools, clubs or community sports programs. These durable chairs utilize two sport mini caster wheels at the front and one sport anti-tip wheel in the rear to provide good maneuverability on multiple court surfaces. The chairs use common wheel and bearing sizes and have also been designed so that parts are easy to replace or repair.
The SoftWheel suspension system for manual wheelchairs comprises three shock absorbers located inside the wheel. That translates into a rigid ride on flat surfaces for maximum stability, and compression to absorb impact on bumpy terrains for a cush-to travel easily over curbs, cobblestones and other rough surfaces without suffering major impact to their spines and backs. SoftWheels are available in magnesium or aluminum models and are constructed as single-piece, rigid forms for added strength. SoftWheels are currently for sale in more than 20 countries worldwide.
The latest introduction (at press
time) to Numotion’s online store
is the TEK RMD (for “robotic
mobilization device”) from
Matia Robotics. Numotion, TEK’s
exclusive American distributor,
describes it as a motorized standing movement device for manual
wheelchair users, who can transfer into and operate the TEK independently
thanks to its design. Boarding the TEK is done from the
back of the device, and it uses a gas spring mechanism to balance
the weight of the user. The TEK could draw comparisons in various
ways to a patient lift, a standing frame and a manual wheelchair. But
in function and operation (it drives via a joystick), TEK has unique
qualities, including a smaller footprint than a traditional standing
frame, and a smaller turning footprint and a more upright stance
than a traditional standing wheelchair, which could make it easier
for TEK users to reach and engage in various activities while standing.
A remote control enables users to independently bring the TEK to
them and send it away.
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