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Positive Points: Attitude

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I love snow sports and enjoy watching Ski Sunday on the BBC. The episode broadcast on Sunday 5th Jan 2020 featured an article on Darren Swift (Swifty), the snowboarder without legs. I watched it and I was inspired. Army veteran Swifty lost both his legs above the knee in a bomb explosion whilst serving in Northern Ireland in 1991. Swifty was in Laax for the Brits, the annual British Ski and Snowboard championship, and was interviewed by Jenny Jones. He discussed his experiences regarding the explosion, his injuries and the 18-month rehab period, and divulged that the main thing he wanted was independence. Swifty’s adventurous spirit was never going to allow him to remain in one place. In the time after losing his legs, Swifty explored the world in his…
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Positive Points: Seating assessment and prescription part 2

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In seating assessment and prescription part 1 we explored the goals of seating, having assessed the physiological, physical and social aspects of the seating it is time to assess the person who will sit in the seat. In order for someone to be functional in their environment they need to have the correct amount of support in the right places, too much and they are restricted by the seat, too little and they are restricted by their body traying to support itself. When carrying out a seating assessment for a client, the starting point should be the pelvis as this is the foundation of the sitting position. The assessing therapist will look at the bony parts of the pelvis and will use their hands to feel where they are in…
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Positive Points: Senior World Championships

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You may be aware that the UCI (Union Internationale de Cyclistes) World Championships took place in Yorkshire last month; the 22nd – 29thSeptember, to be exact.         The event had a lot of media coverage and consisted of several different races that started at locations around Yorkshire and finished in Harrogate.               Now that the excitement is subsiding it is worth remembering a parallel event: The UCI Senior World Championships. This is an indoor cycling programme that is designed to combat dementia and improve physical and mental well-being: https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/senior-road-world-championships-brings-virtual-racing-care-homes-436344 https://motitech.co.uk/road-worlds-for-seniors The UCI Senior World Championships is an annual event that takes place in September, running concurrently to the UCI World Championships. Care homes in many different countries take part and are encouraged to get their residents involved. At the end of the event male, female and team competitors are crowned as overall winners. A well-deserved honour considering that the event…
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Positive Points of Hand Splints

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A few years ago, I had some issues with my left thumb. I had started to experience a lot of pain in the joint at the base of my thumb and realised that it wasn’t functioning properly. This was an issue I had dealt with previously and in order to help I had been given thumb spica splints from the NHS. Unfortunately, they didn’t really help. thumb spica splint I knew exactly what I needed. Something that would hold the joint in a good position, reduce the pain and allow my hand to function better. After a lot of internet research, I found the Silver Ring Splint Company https://www.silverringsplint.com/ . The Silver Ring Splint Company stood out to me as they have a wide range of hand splints https://www.silverringsplint.com/product-category/splints/ and I was sure I would find what I…
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