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Articles Tagged: Quadriplegic

Rio Paralympics: Kurt Fearnley predicts ‘boosting’ cheats will get caught

Published: November 19, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Kurt FearnleyAustralia’s champion wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley says from his first Paralympics, in Sydney 2000, he has heard stories about boosting – the practice among athletes with spinal cord injuries of inflicting trauma on themselves, such as breaking a toe or sitting on their scrotums, to raise their blood pressure and improve performance.

The International Paralympic Committee has announced that in the lead-up to the Rio Paralympics it will crack down on the illegal practice, which involves tricking the brain into triggering autonomic dysreflexia, which causes the body to flush with adrenaline. Continue Reading »

First Female Quadriplegic to Summit Africa’s Highest Peak

Published: September 4, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Training-climb-in-Cape-Town-in-June21-year-old South African ‘ability activist’ Chaeli Mycroft has become the first female quadriplegic to reach the top of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.

Chaeli and her team—the Chaeli Kili Climbers—reached the summit early Thursday morning after five days of gruelling ascent in a specialised wheelchair.

“This is the day of days,” read a message from expedition leader Carel Verhoef late Wednesday evening just before the final push to the summit. Continue Reading »

Tetraplegic student completes Tough Mudder Challenge in a wheelchair he controls with his chin

Published: August 23, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Rob Camm enters the mudTough Mudder, which some say is ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’, is a gruelling 12 mile assault course

A student has become the world’s first tetraplegic to take part in Tough Mudder – navigating the gruelling 12-mile course in a pioneering wheelchair he controls with his chin.

Rob Camm, 21, was paralysed in a car crash two years ago which left him with no movement in his body from the neck down just a week before he was due to start university. Continue Reading »

A look inside Carissa Louise’s life after attaining a C6/C7 complete spinal cord injury

Published: August 15, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Carissa Louise from Alberta Canada shows YouTube viewers that even though she’s living life as a quadriplegic, she is still living life. Continue Reading »

Neil Sachse’s life as quadriplegic following VFL accident revealed in new book

Published: August 3, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Neil Sachse's life as quadriplegicIn round two of the 1975 VFL season, Neil Sachse was a promising South Australian Aussie Rules footballer playing his second match for Footscray.

He had just come from winning a premiership with SANFL’s North Adelaide and was ready to make his mark on the Victorian competition.

After winning a loose ball in the match against Fitzroy, Mr Sachse turned to run, and ducked into an attacking player.

The split second movement shunted Mr Sachse’s neck and the resultant spinal injury left him a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic prepares for Mount Adams climb with Pasco man’s expertise

Published: July 18, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Simon-Calcavecchia-photo-by-heather-schofner-14Fifteen years after Pete Rieke of Pasco became the first paralyzed climber to conquer Mount Rainier on his own power, he’s taking on a bigger challenge.

He’s building a snow sled for Simon Calcavecchia, 32, a former Tri-City resident, to climb mountains, starting with Mount Adams.

Rieke, a paraplegic, used his arms to power himself up Mount Rainier. But Calcavecchia of Olympia is a quadriplegic. He has only limited use of his arms. Continue Reading »

Questions with Bob Sansevere Quadriplegic athlete Jennifer Peterson

Published: July 11, 2015 | Category: News

Jennifer Peterson

In 1983, at age 17, Jennifer Peterson was injured while downhill skiing. The injury left her a quadriplegic, with no use of her legs and limited use of her arms. While her body was different, her drive and determination to succeed was not. She got her Ph.D in Organizational Psychology from Walden University and became an executive coach. And stayed involved in sports.

As she wrote on her website,, “I have experienced first hand that life can throw curve balls and as a result, I’ve learned to adjust my swing.” Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic overcomes obstacles to pursue horse racing passion

Published: June 11, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

KELOWNA – She’s not exactly a typical horse rider but 62-year-old Adrienne Colby isn’t letting her disability get in the way of her passion. When Colby was 30, a car accident left her a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic teacher helped make history

Published: February 14, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Lex Frieden helped make historyHOUSTON — After the head-on car crash, Lex Frieden thought he was OK.

He’d been in the back seat, not the front, that fall night in 1967, and he wasn’t bleeding.

“I’m fine,” he said, as medical personnel rushed to help the others. “I just can’t move.”

The 18-year-old freshman at Oklahoma State University had a broken neck. Days and weeks would pass before he fully understood what that meant. Continue Reading »

Paralysed man regains use of hand after operation

Published: May 15, 2012 | Category: Videos

Surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have restored some hand function in a quadriplegic patient with a spinal cord injury at the C7 vertebra, the lowest bone in the neck. Continue Reading »