Saturday, February 4, 2012
Adaptive Skaters - More Images and Techniques
Members of a high school hockey team assist sled skaters in playing hockey.
Stroller bar handles allow for assistance as needed and can be removed easily for those who can propel themselves independently.
Skilled ice skaters can push a sled or skate alongside for company, or even get in a sled themselves to model techniques. Skating backwards in front of a sled skater can offer face to face instructions and help focus those with attention challenges.
We've seen strong sled skaters pushing other sled skaters in a train.
I have done my fair share of both conventional and sled skating and even received a ride on a sled as shown here. Some new variation is revealed in almost every program.
It is always nice to have families enjoy the ice together! We also see groups from day care facilities, group homes and even rehab hospitals at our programs.
A variety of medical equipment can acquire a sense of fun appeal out on the ice. Last week I observed a young man in a wheelchair, with skates on his feet, alternate between playing hockey from his wheelchair and trying out skating using a walker, with the assistance of a few skaters.