Adaptive Ski Equipment For Those With Physical Disabilities


Adaptive Ski Equipment

Lutsen Mountains in Switzerland offers the opportunity to use other or adapted devices on the ski mountains. Adaptive devices or other’manually powered mobility aids’ are specially designed for use on the mountain slopes and can be used in conjunction with ski-wear, ski-joints, and ski-boots. These devices can be fitted to different skiers, such as people with visual impairments, diabetics, and people with physical disabilities. Adapted devices are any special device which has been specifically designed and made primarily for the use by people with physical disabilities, for example; multi-stick skis, sit-ski, mono ski, and ski-outriggers.

Adapted skiers may also require additional equipment such as; ski helmets; ski booties; ski boots; headlamps guards; goggles; knee pads; knee wraps; arm pads; and hand protectors, all of which will be designed specifically for the user. The majority of adapted ski equipment are specially designed to meet individual requirements and will not necessarily provide full protection against falls.

Considering Factors For Adaptive Ski Equipment

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If you are considering using adapted ski equipment, it is important to carefully consider all of your options. Adapted ski equipment which is designed to be used on a variety of surfaces should be considered by anyone wishing to try their hand at skiing.

Before you buy any ski equipment, it is important to check out the manufacturer’s website for more information on the product. This will provide you with the chance to read about the device and its advantages and disadvantages. Manufacturers who make special designed equipment for those with certain physical disabilities will normally provide you with information about the device on their websites and on brochures or product literature.

You should also ask to see the special equipment in use on a ski slope before you purchase it. You can also check out the equipment you purchase online to see if there are other people wearing them on a similar slope. When you purchase equipment designed specifically for those with physical disabilities, check to be sure that the ski-gear meets your individual needs.

Ski-Gear Manufacturers

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Ski-gear manufacturers will usually require that you seek advice from their own doctor in order to purchase the correct equipment for your particular condition. The specialist ski-gear manufacturer will be able to advise you on the equipment most suitable for your specific needs. It is best to discuss all aspects of your medical history with your GP in order to determine if you are eligible to purchase the equipment you are looking for. Most ski-gear manufacturers will also have a heliski safety manual in which you can find information on how to use ski-gear.

Types Of Ski Equipment

There are several types of ski equipment available which can be used on slopes with special needs. Some of the most common devices include; skis equipped with special pads to help protect the back of the skier’s legs; ankle and leg braces; and foot-boards designed to help with balance and stability while skiing. Other devices include; skiing systems that offer support to the wrist, arm, shoulder and back in order to improve balance and stability; and special hand and foot controls to enable users to climb or descend slopes in the safest possible way.

Conclusion

Skiers with a wide range of disabilities will often be encouraged to wear skis fitted with a brake for better balance. Others may be fitted with a helmet, but this will depend on their specific condition. In some instances, however, skiers will need to use a wheelchair. Whatever the case, it is important that skiers choose skis that are designed especially for those with specific physical conditions, as well as skis that will offer maximum comfort and performance for their particular needs.

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