Hardware Roundup

I-Modifi cation

Heart I ModificationThis E2613/E2614 seat back is constructed of solid birch, nylon or fi berglass shell with soft, medium or hard Sunmate foam. Includes a stretchable, breathable, moisture-resistant Darlexx cover. Can accommodate optional laterals, head positioning systems and harnesses. Hardware is made of aircraft steel and/ or nylon glass-reinforced plastic in fi xed or quick-release models. This planar back is for users who want fi rm, but comfortable, support.

Heart Mobility
(810) 333-2960

Light Extreme

Spinergy Light Extreme LSSpinergy’s Light Extreme LX and Sport Light Extreme SLX wheels give your customers more opportunities to express themselves thanks to new spoke color choices (green, pink and orange) that join tried-and-true black, white, yellow, blue and red. Boasts a double-walled, custom aluminum design with improved under-chair hand access. Available in 22”, 24”, 25” and 26” sizes to fi t all manual chairs.

(303) 823-6299

PushRing Tires

SKYWAY Push Ring TiresPatent-pending urethane tires and handrings are molded together, as a single unit, and designed to be easy to install without time-consuming attachment screws. PushRing tires are the same width as a standard wheel with conventional handrims.

(800) 332-3357

K473 Traction

Kenda K473 TractionThis non-marking, four-ply tire is designed with everyday scooter/power chair comfort and durability in mind. It’s available in four sizes — 200x50 (8x2); 280/250-4 (9x2); 9x350-4 (9x3.5); and 3.00-4 (10x3), with corresponding rim sizes of 3.75x1.5, 4x2.25, 4x2.75 and 4x2.25, respectively.

Kenda USA
(614) 866-9803

K192 Kourier

Kenda K192 KourierKenda’s Kourier high-performance tire is designed for outdoor activities thanks to excellent traction and gripping abilities. Cap Ply construction gives 65 percent more puncture protection. Available in sizes 24x1 3/8” and 26x1 3/8”. Sidewall colors include yellow, red, blue, white and black.

Kenda USA
(614) 866-9803

Synergy Shape Back

Quantum Synergy Shape BackNew features include an enhanced, wrap-around cover; two-point quick-release levers; and easy depth and angle adjustment, even while the Synergy Shape back is occupied. It’s available in standard, low and tall back heights with a unique, contoured design and dual-layer foam construction with a viscoelastic foam top layer to provide comfort, support and pressure management.

Quantum Rehab
(866) 800-2002

Swing-Away Stump Support

Gerber Swing Away Stump SupportDesigned for above- or below-the-knee amputees, the Swing-Away Stump Support attaches easily to a wheelchair to properly position and support the residual limb and to prevent edema and knee flexion contracture. Adjustable horizontally for the length of the stump and vertically for cushion thickness. Support is padded for comfort and can help facilitate transfers. Different models are available to fit a wide range of current wheelchairs.

Gerber Chair Mates, Inc.
(814) 269-9531

Vancouver’s 2010 Paralympic Games

In Search of a Completely Different Type of Hardware…

While in Vancouver, B.C., for the 2010 International Seating Symposium, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the “other” event happening simultaneously in this beautiful seaside city…namely, the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

As evidenced by our Seating & Positioning Handbook’s front cover, the Paralympic Games winter sports to be contested, as described by the Vancouver 2010 Web site, are…

  • Alpine skiing: Competitors attain speeds of more than 60 mph/100 kph while contesting downhill, Super-G, slalom, giant slalom and super-combined events. Athletes are divided into standing, sitting or visually impaired divisions to compete. Sitting skiers use monoskis, while standing skiers can use prostheses and stabilizers instead of ski poles.
  • Biathlon: Athletes compete in the standing, sitting or visually impaired division; the competition combines cross-country skiing with rifle shooting, always from a prone position. Penalties are assessed for targets missed. Vancouver will feature a short-distance and a long-distance biathlon.
  • Cross-country skiing: Another sport for which there are standing, sitting and visually impaired competition categories. Sit-skiers use a “sit-ski,” aka, sledge, which has a pair of skis attached to it. Skiers compete in short, middle and long distances. There’s also a relay event, with teams made up of skiers from different categories.
  • Ice sledge hockey: Rules are similar to those of the Ice Hockey Federation, with a few adjustments. Athletes sit on sledges that have two blades attached, and hold a double-ended stick in each hand. The sticks are shaped to either propel the puck (using the pick side of the stick) or pass/shoot the puck (with the curved blade side). Six players make up a team, with goals being scored in the same way as ice hockey. A game has three periods lasting 15 minutes each.
  • Wheelchair curling: This co-ed sport requires teams to push 41.8-lb./19.1-kg stones across a plane of ice toward a round target so the stones stop as close to the center of the target as possible. Athletes “throw” the stones from their stationary wheelchairs. Wheelchair curling differs from curling in that no sweeping occurs.

To keep up with all the competitions, results and athletes — or to find more information on the sports listed — visit vancouver2010.com/paralympic-games.

This article originally appeared in the Seating & Positioning Handbook: March 2010 issue of Mobility Management.

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