Sports open up a whole new world of possibilities to people with disabilities. Some people engage in sports to become more active; others want to increase their level of fitness, and others simply enjoy moving around or having fun with other people. Or all these things. More than 30 years ago, when Ottobock began supporting Paralympic athletes, the introduction of special carbon springs radically improved athletic performance at the Paralympic Games. Over the following years, we continued to work hand in hand with role models from the world of sports in order to optimise our sports products and services. New methods and products were tested – with the aim of providing better support not only to top-level athletes, but to children and recreational athletes as well. Today, those who seek will virtually always find appropriate opportunities to engage in individual sports or team sports, and also suitable sports equipment. When it comes to choosing or using the right prosthesis or wheelchair for the respective sport, a few tips can be a big help for newcomers in particular. One thing we’ve learned from sports – and this applies to professionals and amateurs alike – is that you can often achieve so much more tomorrow than you believe possible today.
First steps are often the hardest. It’s wise not to overdo things and give your body plenty of time to adjust.
Amateur athletes and Paralympic stars share advice on how to stay motivated and avoid getting stuck in a rut in your sports routine.