Mumbai, August 17 (SocialNews.XYZ) Have you ever wondered how wheelchair badminton players can return a smash or pick up a drop shot?
Aside from their skill and quick reflexes, what also helps them are the extra-reinforced wheelchairs they use, which have an additional backrest and casters on the back to allow players to move freely and position themselves. twist or lean back without tipping.
The record helps them flip a smash and keep the rally going as they go head-to-head to earn every point. Para-badminton is making its Paralympic Games debut in Tokyo, starting next week.
It’s not just in wheelchairs, the technology has had an impact on other parasports over the years as well. From prostheses and carbon blades, to carbon fiber wheelchairs and assisted devices, all improved over the years with innovative technology, will be on display at the Tokyo Paralympic Games from August 24 to 5. September.
At the other end of the scale is the para-basketball wheelchair which is taller than track and field racing wheelchairs and has a larger push rim between 60-68cm in diameter. With sufficient power, these chairs are easy to maneuver and change direction quickly and also stop immediately for wheelchair basketball players to step forward, pick up balls and shoot. Wheelchair basketball chairs are also bent 20 degrees off the ground for easier maneuverability.
Seats for wheelchair basketball have also undergone many changes, and athletes with less lower-body mobility will have “bucket seats” and higher backs for more stability, Olympic Games organizers said. Tokyo 2020 on their website. For more mobile athletes, wheelchairs have another wheel at the back to allow them to lean back as much as possible to take shots.
Along with wheelchairs, cycle track racing bikes have also become faster and easier to use thanks to technology.
Para-cyclists, especially those with impaired arms, are allowed to make modifications to their bikes, depending on which hand has the most mobility, while athletes with leg amputations are allowed to attach their prosthesis to the pedal.
Technology has also helped make racing blades light, springy and compact. The J-shaped prosthesis is made of carbon fiber, a light and strong material, and helps athletes move forward, whether in a sprint, vertical rise or long jump.
Racing wheelchairs are mostly made of aluminum, but nowadays they use carbon fiber technology to make them even lighter and more stable. Like other sports, wheelchair seats can be tailored to the body of an athlete. The wheels of a racing wheelchair have a 10 to 15 degree camber to add lateral stability when athletes are riding at high speeds.
Wheelchair rugby chairs are strong enough to withstand impacts and drops. They are made of aluminum or titanium and can even have five or six wheels depending on the handicap of the athlete. The additional wheels not only allow greater stability but also greater maneuverability. Chairs for offensive moves have aluminum âwingsâ on the wheel while those for defensive moves have a hook on the front of the chair to trap opponents.
While this is all high-end tech, visually impaired para-swimmers use low-end tech like a small pole with a flexible piece that could be used by assistants to pat the swimmer on the head or shoulder to inform them. that it has to turn or it approaches the wall.
All of these innovations and assistive technologies will be on display during the Paralympic Games as athletes battle for medals.