Posts Tagged ‘Sport’

Annual Review 2018 Part 3

星期二, 一月 8th, 2019


Wheelchair Zumba

星期四, 十二月 27th, 2018


(Deutsch) Rollipromi zu gast

星期三, 六月 28th, 2017


Technical Aids Tips und Tricks XLVII

星期一, 七月 11th, 2016

Noodle Strainer Hybrid

As I mentioned several times in the past, the function of my hands and fingers equal those of a four-year old armed with gloves in winter.
Since half a sandwich roll, plain without anything on it, already feels like a 5 kg weight to me, daily exercise of the hands and fingers is a must.
I have already tried various hand training tools. The classic soft rubber ball has the disadvantage that because of Isaac Newton it constantly falls to the ground if you spread or stretch your fingers.
More than eight years later I discovered this ingenious hand trainer, also known as a “noodle strainer”. About the expert use of such a devise I shall report in a later blog .

You put your fingers somewhat narrow or wider apart in the fitting holes. Since the inside ring is made of rubber you can quite simply perform hand curls- and stretches. With a slight twist of your arm it is also suitable for upper arm and wrist strength training.
If you want to make sure that the hand trainer does not fall down, simply attach a key band to two holes.
The hand trainer has no aid number and is considered sports equipment which explains the price of currently €29.95 plus shipping. It is available in various strengths levels at Sport-Thieme under Art.-No. 2194224.
To the link: click here

For Tetras like me, who still have some finger functions and people who have severe osteoarthritis this hand trainer is highly recommended, especially because it can be used comfortably while watching TV – no thinking required.

Excessive consumption of pasta might have a positive impact on the aerodynamics of a Rolli, but not so much on its axle load.

To read all articles of the “Tips on Aid Series”, click here.
At the end of the page simply go to: “OLDER ENTRIES”

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Greetings from the Training Camp

星期日, 十一月 22nd, 2015


Sport News IV

星期一, 四月 27th, 2015


I’ve always been passionate about sport, in particular the Olympics of course, even though I’ve never been there at a live event. Summer or winter Olympics, makes no difference to me. In my previous life I was more of a winter sports enthusiast. For evidence click here.

When I was still in the hospital after my accident in 2008 the Paralympics Games in Beijing were shown on big screen TV during my physiotherapy.

I was particularly impressed with the incredibly fast racing wheelchairs, because at that time I was just able to move about 50 yards in less than six minutes in the hospital hallways without my oxygen tent, or without qualified pushes ;-)

Last week I met with the Tunisian racing wheelchair guy Ahmed Aouadi, who participated in the Olympics in 2008 in Beijing and in 2012 in London. He currently trains as a “lone warrior” for Rio de Janeiro 2016 at a sports club close to my home.

Racing wheeler Ahmed Aouadi

It came to the battle…

Ahmed Aouadi with a racing wheelchair vs.

Rollinator (Wheelynator) with a e-handbike

Even with my motorized hand bike under full engine assistance I didn’t stand a chance against Ahmed. If you look closely, you can see that at about 20 km/h (12.5 mph) every now and then he’s waiting for me.

His INVACARE -Racing wheelchair weighs a mere 6 kilograms (13.4 lbs), which equals the weight of one of the two batteries on my bike. Nevertheless, that is no excuse!

My highest respect for such athletic performance!

I’m not giving up that easily! I might be slow in a wheelchair, but I know how to tune engines ;-)

Technical Aids Tips and Tricks LXII

星期一, 三月 30th, 2015


Sport News IX

星期日, 九月 7th, 2014


Sport News VIII

星期三, 七月 23rd, 2014


Technical Aids Tips and Tricks LI

星期三, 四月 9th, 2014


Looking for a Sponsor!

星期二, 十一月 5th, 2013


Wheelchair Tuning Part XXXV

星期二, 十月 1st, 2013

You can always find something new on the Rehacare in Düsseldorf.

However you have to look closely at some vehicles to recognize the range of use.

Quite often you see things from the past coming back. This supposed-to-be new technical achievement is obviously a medieval upgrade.


Offroad Palanquin Chair

with a battery-powered supporting middle wheel is quite special.

It is made by: and makes trekking tours through virtually every terrain possible. The company also makes other innovative technical aids.

There is also the variant of a

Semi-palanquin Offroad Chair

with two middle wheels so that the wheelchair doesn’t fall over, for just one pusher.

You can rent such a wheelchair in various places in Germany for trekking tours. For more detailed information please contact the producer!!!

Now I just need two sherpas, and I can climb the Taunus mountain range again via the north face ;-)

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Sport News VII

星期四, 九月 26th, 2013



星期五, 九月 6th, 2013

Since one year, I am going to the Frankfurt University twice a week, and I don’t mean the University medical center this time, which you may think in my age…

It’s quite impressive when I announce sitting in my wheelchair that I don’t have time because I have to go the sports university ;-)

… no, I am not training explicitly for the next Paralympics…

I am there in a project group for

Stochastic Resonance Therapy (STR-Therapy)

This therapy, co-developed by the institute of sports sciences in Frankfurt/Main, transmits low-frequency (6-12 Hz), randomized vibrations by two plates independent of each other. *

The effect is quite complex.
In simple words, the feet are fixed onto 2 aluminium plates, or as pedestrian you stand on the plates.

These plates move/rattle heavily and simulate walking to the body. The nerves are stimulated and suppose walking to the brain.

The success especially for people with walking disabilities is remarkable.

More information on Stochastic Resonance Therapy and experience reports and equipment (in German): click here and click here.

Except for the STR equipment there is normal workout equipment as well. A sports therapist is always available for us.

The training with other handicapped people is fun, and of course there is an intense exchange of experiences.

I wouldn’t have thought that I ever would visit a gym voluntarily. There are still places available in the project.

In the video you can see Jens Maspfuhl, reigning 6-times German champion in Wheelchair Golf. He is chairman of the private incorporated society “German accident and disaster relief”

DUK-Deutsche Unfall und Katastrophenhilfe e.V.

This society is sponsor of the project and is funding it by donations and sustaining memberships.

The society also supports successfully a vocational school for disabled people of the “Father Ray Foundation” in Thailand, many of them wheelchair users.

Because of the flooding the price for rice has increased dramatically, and therefore the Foundation needs support to feed more than 800 people per day.

Additionally, the fundless highly quadriplegic young Thai woman Nuch is supported.

There are still some donation receipts and sustaining memberships left. Donate quickly before everything is gone… :-)

Every donation is well received in the projects, I am sustaining member myself and have donated several times!!!

Somewhere I can be seen with Jens on one of the cross-fading pictures on the DUK homepage, 16 pictures after the German minister of finance Schäuble ;-)

* Source C.Ebert

For questions as usual:

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Final Report European Wheelchair-Basketball Championship 2013 in Frankfurt

星期二, 七月 9th, 2013

Final Report European Wheelchair Basketball Championship 2013 in Frankfurt

End of the European Championship…!!!

The German women showed an impressive performance throughout the whole tournament in their matches.

Except for the heart-stopping final which they unfortunately lost with only one basket difference against Holland they have won all their matches.
They thrilled me the whole week. 2nd place, chapeau…!!!

Look closely, in Frankfurt they don’t only get a cup, but also a ”Bembel”.

A “Bembel“ is the traditional blue-and-grey stone ware jug, depository of the Hessian national drink apple cider. It is used to pour the drink into the legendary 0,3 l glass with rhomb design.
Source: Me ;-)

Back to the European Championship…

Our men played a tournament with quite some ups and downs, but secured with a sweeping match against Holland place 6 and the qualification for the next World Championship.

The men’s final was Great Britain vs. Turkey, an exciting match at eye level.

Great Britain won the match by one point.

They were singing “God save the Queen” so ghastly that they are probably hit with a lawsuit for criminal assault now.

They couldn’t spoil the mood of David the Chair skater & me. ;-)

I thought it was a bit of a shame that the two blocks of Turkish fans, who made a great atmosphere during the match by loudly cheering for their team, almost completely left the hall after the lost match and didn’t stay for the cup presentation of their team.

Now an unforgettable week is over where I haven’t only seen lots of sport, but also collected lots of material for new blogposts and built new contacts.

During the European Championship my desk has changed its colour without my interference from black to white. I think I have to take care about the backlog of administration now… grrr… Outside sun and 26°C ;-( and I am sitting here…

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