Sports, Exercise & Rehabilitation Equipment
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Sports, Exercise & Rehabilitation are all very important activities to keep a person healthy, they are even more important if that person has had an injury or has a Mobility Impairment and has to use a wheelchair. Sports, Exercise and Rehabilitation offer many advantages to persons with disabilities and are equally important, not only when you are first injured, to build up your strength, assist with motivation and to help you to meet new people, but also in later years, to keep you fit, assist to keep the weight off and to make sure that you don't lose any movement or strength that you regained since you were first injured.
Sports, Exercise & Rehabilitation, is big business and there are a wide variety of different types of equipment that can help you with rehabilitation and to help you enjoy Sports and Exercise again. This Sports, Exercise & Rehabilitation equipment is available throughout South Africa and can be purchased from companies such as Prima Care, Sitwell Technologies, Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating and include products such as Sports Wheelchairs, ParaGolfers, Hand Cycles, Sports Prosthesis as well as Rehabilitation & Exercise Equipment such as Standing Frames, Stationary Hand Bikes, Wrist Weights, Stretch Ropes, etc. Some of these companies that supply this Equipment can also advise you on which products would best suite you and also service and repair the equipment that they sell, while some organisations such as QASA supports disabled sports initiatives in South Africa, they have set up a Sports Fund, to which any QASA member can apply for financial assistance for a sporting activity, this includes applying for assistance to purchase sports equipment.
Read the page below to find out more about this Sports Fund & the wide variety of these different types of Sports, Exercise & Rehabilitation Equipment that are available to purchase in South Africa, as well as the companies that sell them, or visit the following link to find out what sports are available for persons with Mobility Impairments in South Africa: " Sports for Mobility Impairments". Some Sports Equipment such as Beach Wheelchairs, are also available to rent from various companies & Organisations such as QASA. Visit our Equipment For Hire - Sports Equipment & Beach Wheelchairs page to find out more about this, or visit our Accessible Travel - Accessible Beaches & Beach Wheelchairs for more information.
Prima Care: specializes in providing a wide variety of products and services for persons with disabilities in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and throughout South Africa! They are a Home care, Hospital & Medical Equipment Provider and have Health Care Consultants with many years of experience and extensive Knowledge to assess your needs and help you choose the products best suited for you. “We pride ourselves in supplying high quality products from trusted and well known German and Other suppliers. These products include a variety of Pediatric Equipment, Adjustable Beds, Hospital Beds, Home Care Beds, Mobility Scooters, Oxygen Concentrators, Alternating Pressure Mattresses, Anti-Bedsore Mattresses, Ripple Mattress, Walkers, Rollators, Mobility Aids, Wheelchairs, Wheelchair Cushions, Wheelchair Ramps, Power Wheelchairs, Rise Recliners, Grab Rails, Bed Rails, Shower Aids, Commodes, Toilet Aids and Much More.
Our locations are staffed with certified fitters who offer private services in our stores or in the convenience of your own home. We also supply speedy delivery of our products and good After Sales Service, with trained technicians and a vast range of spare parts available to ensure that our products exceed their life span. Prima Care also rent out a variety of products to those clients that may only need the product for a limited period of time, therefore accommodating our clients’ needs to ensure their funds are maximized to their full potential. Please feel free to contact a Prima Care professional to assist, you can contact us on: +27 (021) 555 1596, via email: email@example.com or visit our web site at: www.primacare.co.za to see our extensive catalog of products which we deliver country wide to your door!
Simplify Wheelchair Seating: specializes in providing a wide variety of products and services for persons with Mobility Impairments in Cape Town. Simplify Wheelchair Seating is owned and run by Antoinette Pienaar who has been in the wheelchair business for the last 8 years. “I believe in providing an honest and reliable service to our clients and their families in the comfort of their own homes, we will visit you in your home to access what you require and will provide you with the best products to suit your needs at very competitive prices, giving you peace of mind and ensuring that your life is as comfortable as possible. We supply and Service a variety of products including Mobility Aids, Transfer Aids, Pressure care products and Bathroom Aids. We also stock spares for these products and specialize in providing seating and positioning to make sure that you are correctly positioned in your wheelchair. Please feel free to contact us for a quote or assessment, you can contact me on my cell: 084 866 5763 or landline : 021 981 0569 or contact me via my website at: www.simplifywheelchairseating.co.za or on my facebook or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sitwell Technologies: are Specialists in the provision of Mobility & Assistive Aid Equipment for persons with physical disabilities. Sitwell Technologies represent all local suppliers as well as a number of International manufacturers of equipment – providing an unbiased view of all products available to the South African market. Their approach to Mobility is about providing a holistic solution to each individual’s needs. Sitwell Technologies are based in Johannesburg but can provide products throughout South Africa. You can contact them at: Tel: (+27) 11 440 8226 or email: email@example.com or www.sitwell.co.za Address: 41 11th Avenue, Highlands North, Johannesburg.
QASA: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is a non-profit organisation (NPO 000-881) of Quadriplegics and Paraplegics in South Africa. QASA’s mission is to be an effective “co-ordinating, policy-making and supporting organisation striving to prevent spinal cord injury and to improve the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics by securing resources to advocate, educate, capacitate, support and mobilise.”
QASA now has six regions and has provincial organizations within QASA, which are able to assist it's members in a particular province. The six Regional Associations which are affiliated to QASA are: Gauteng South, Gauteng North, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, North West and KwaZulu-Natal. The QASA Management Board is made up of representatives of each Regional Association.
QASA runs a number of Projects and Services which includes providing a Sports Fund; providing equipment such as Beach Wheelchairs to rent & Advocacy & lobbying; Conducting awareness campaigns on the cause and prevention of spinal cord injury; Publication and distribution of information on disability rights; Rural outreach; Developing social enterprises to sustain individuals and Regional Associations; Providing sport and hobby activities; driver training in adapted vehicles, Provision of transport, Provision of education bursaries and facilitating skills development through internships, Computer training, Consulting, Disability sensitizing and workshops.
QASA is sustained by strategic relationships with corporates, social enterprise, the National Lottery Commission and a number of campaigns & events. Some of QASA’s projects generate revenue which services the essential non-revenue generating projects. Read the article below to find out more about these Products that QASA rent out, or visit our Organizations - QASA Page. You can also contact them through their website at www.qasa.co.za.
Steenkamp and Snyman Inc., is a registered Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics Practice who specialize in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Wheelchair Seating Solutions, they are located in Montana, Pretoria and was established in 2015. Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. is headed by Nicola Steenkamp and Dorinda Snyman who are both registered Medical Orthotists and Prosthetists with a passion for the industry and a combined experience of more than twenty years.
They have a vision to grow the practice into a successful multi-disciplinary service, working closely with doctors, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to provide the necessary rehabilitation needed to treat a wide range of patients. “We want to help patients to affirm their lives by responsibly utilizing the latest technology advances in the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics. To achieve this vision we consistently strive to provide excellent customer service and continuity of care to all our patients.”
Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. provide a high quality service and products to individuals with amputations, disabilities and injuries alike through supplying effective Prosthetic, Orthotic and Mobility solutions which will enhance their independence and quality of life. “We work closely to provide patients with advanced and quality products that will function in their rehabilitation process and constantly learn from our partners and keep up to date with their technological advances in the field of bracing and supports.” Some of the other products that they supply include but are not limited to: Prosthesis; Walking Aids; Paragolfer; Pressure Care Cushions; Pediatric Wheelchairs; Motorized Wheelchairs; Manual Wheelchairs and Standing Wheelchairs.
Please feel free to contact Nicola Steenkamp & Dorinda Snyman for assistance on Tel no: 082 319 2991, Mobile no: 082 338 2430, or email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can visit their website at www.steenkamporthotics.co.za, or visit them at: Zambezi Junction, South Entrance, Shop 36A, Cnr of Breed str and Zambezi Dr, Montana, Pretoria, South Africa.
An increasing number of persons with disabilities are participating in sports & activities, leading to the development of new assistive technology, to enable more sports enthusiasts with disabilities to play a variety of sports & participate in activities. Assistive technology can be found in sports ranging from local community recreational activities to elite Paralympic games. More complex assistive technology devices have also been developed over time, and as a result, sports for persons with disabilities "have changed from being a clinical therapeutic tool to an increasingly competition-oriented activity"
Sports Equipment Fund
Organizations such as The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) have a Sports Fund that staunchly supports all disabled sports initiatives in South Africa. To this end, QASA has set up a Sports Fund, to which any QASA member can apply for financial assistance for a sporting activity. The Sports Fund has supported participants in quadriplegic rugby, the SABAT Power Wheelchair Race, the Outeniqua Challenge wheelchair race, table tennis, dancing and darts. Any QASA member who wishes to access funding from the QASA Sports Fund must first apply to their regional association for approval, from where the application will be referred to the QASA National Office.
Please Click on the "Read More:" link below to find out more or contact QASA to get the Criteria and Conditions for the Sports Fund, as well as to download the "Sports Fund Assistance Form."
The term "Sport Prosthesis" cover a large range of socket design and components, you may need different equipment and different designs for different sports, whether you are going for the occasional jog, a friendly game of golf, or are a seasoned Paralympian sprinter, you will require the correct type of Prosthesis fitted to you to insure that at the end your day you do not end up with blisters or pressure sores, leaving you unable to put your limb on or barely able to walk for a few days. In short you must prepare properly for sports or activities that you intend participating in. There are a various types of prosthesis available for various sports, which are available from various companies around South Africa. Visit our "Assistive Devices, Products & Equipment" Search facility page and search for: "Sports Equipment: Prosthetics" to find a product you require, or Contact Us and we will point you in the right direction.
You can also visit our Walking Aids & Prosthesis - Prosthesis/Prosthetic page to find out what Prosthesis are available for everyday use.
Wheelchair Sports Equipment & Wheelchairs
There are a variety of different types of wheelchairs that can used in different sports & activities for persons in wheelchairs, these include Basketball Wheelchairs, Rugby Wheelchairs, Dancing Wheelchairs and Racing Wheelchairs, as well as various Off-Road and All-terrain wheelchairs with rugged frames and big wheels for rolling over unpaved surfaces, like hiking trails, snow, or beach sand. There are also various Handcycles, or recumbent bicycles, which are used for cycling and Paramobile devices such as specialized golf carts, which have support for standing to assist players with Mobility Impairments. Persons with Mobility Impairments who use these types of wheelchairs & devices also sometimes use other equipment to assist them, such as Bowling balls with hand grips to assist bowlers with limited use of their hands, one-handed fishing rods to assist fisherman, who have limited mobility, etc.
Each of these wheelchairs or pieces of equipment are designed in a specific way, which differs from a normal wheelchair, but makes it easier to handle and participate in the sport. Read the article below to find out more about these differences, the different types and styles of equipment and the companies that provide them in South Africa.
Wheelchair Basketball Equipment & Wheelchairs
Basketball Wheelchairs are designed for enhanced stability, the centre of gravity is where the chair and the athlete’s mass are equally distributed in all directions. A wheelchair with a higher seat is more likely to tip, so Basketball Wheelchairs have lower seats and wheels that are angled outward so that the centre of gravity is lower to help prevent the chair from tipping. The wheelchairs are classified in two groups based on position. There are wheelchairs for forwards and centres and there are also wheelchairs for guards. Forwards and centres are typically under the net, so their wheelchairs have higher seats and therefore less mobility, but the height increases the player's reach for shots at the hoop and for rebounds. Guards have lower seats and therefore greater stability for ball handling and getting down the court as quickly as possible. There are various types of these Basketball Wheelchairs that are available to purchase from companies throughout South Africa and includes products such as:
The Invacare Top End Pro Basketball Wheelchair: is designed for aspiring athletes who want durability and quick, easy adjustments. Adjustments that can take up to four hours in other chairs, take only 15 minutes in the new Pro Basketball Wheelchair. The Pro Basketball Wheelchair (pictured right) is available in both a tall and short frame to accommodate any aspiring athlete. You can adjust it between games or at half time with the exclusive quick release rear seat height adjustment system. This chair also has adjustable front seat height, center of gravity, back height/angle, back upholstery and footrest positioning. These Basketball Wheelchairs are available to purchase from various companies around South Africa including Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more about this product that they sell or please feel free to Contact Us to find out what else is available.
You can also visit our Wheelchair Basketball page to find out more about Wheelchair Basketball, including the rules and classifications.
Quad Rugby Equipment & Wheelchairs
Quad Rugby is played in a Manual Wheelchair that has been specially custom-manufactured for the sport, the rules include detailed specifications for the wheelchair, which include a "Front Bumper, designed to help strike and hold opposing wheelchairs, and "Wings", which are positioned in front of the main wheels to make the wheelchair more difficult to stop and hold. All wheelchairs must be equipped with spoke protectors, to prevent damage to the wheels, and an anti-tip device at the back. New players and players in developing countries sometimes play in wheelchairs that have been adapted for wheelchair rugby by the addition of temporary bumpers and wings. There are various types of Rugby Wheelchairs that are used in South Africa, this includes products such as:
The Rhino Rugby Wheelchairs: are custom fabricated after careful consultation with the athlete. The Rhino Rugby Wheelchairs (pictured right) are manufactured to comply with International rules of the IWRF and are built by highly experienced fabricators, using the highest quality materials and components, with many of the components being built in-house using the latest CNC technology. Some design features include:
- Pickbars are mounted to the front that are designed to strike and in some cases hold opposing wheelchairs.
- Wings are positioned in front of the main wheels to make the wheelchair more difficult to stop and hold.
- Rear mounted anti tip guards are positioned at the rear to also make the wheelchair more difficult to hold, and all the rugby chairs have spoke guards, to prevent spoke damage, and to make it more difficult to stop and hold.
- Offensive chairs with various wing alternatives or defensive chairs with variations of pickbars can be built. You can view these on the Rugby Wheelchair.
These Quad Rugby Wheelchairs are available to people in South Africa, Contact Us to find out what is available and where to purchase it.
Quad Rugby players also use a regulation volleyball typically of a 'soft-touch' design, with a slightly textured surface to provide a better grip. These balls are normally over-inflated compared to a volleyball, to provide a better bounce. Players also use a variety of other personal equipment, such as gloves and applied adhesives to assist with ball handling due to their usually impaired gripping ability, as well as various forms of strapping to maintain a good seating position. Contact Us to find out what is available and where to purchase it, or visit our Wheelchair Rugby page to find out more about Wheelchair Rugby, including the rules and classifications.
Wheelchair Table Tennis Equipment & Wheelchairs
Table Tennis, also known as ping pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using a small paddle. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Wheelchair Table Tennis or Para Table Tennis is a sport played by a disabled sportsman who use wheelchairs to participate. Athletes receive classifications, so that they can be grouped for competition purposes according to their impairment.
Table Tennis Wheelchairs must have at least two large wheels and one small wheel. If the wheels on the player’s wheelchair become dislodged and the wheelchair has no more than two wheels, then the rally must be stopped immediately and a point awarded to his or her opponent. The height of one or maximum two cushions is limited to 15 cm in playing conditions with no other addition to the wheelchair. In team and class events, no part of the body above the knees may be attached to the chair as this could improve balance.
There are various types of these Table Tennis Wheelchairs available (pictured right), please Contact Us to find out where to purchase these Table Tennis Wheelchairs, or visit our Table Tennis page to find out more about Para Table Tennis, including about the Table, Bat/Paddle and Ball, as well as the rules and classifications.
Wheelchair Tennis Equipment & Wheelchairs
Wheelchair Tennis is one of the official Paralympic sports and is also played at Grand Slams where there are three categories; Men, Ladies, and Quads, each category has singles and doubles tournaments. Quads is the category for those with quadriplegia and it is sometimes called Mixed especially at Paralympic Games. Quads players can use electric-powered wheelchairs and hold rackets taped to the hand with Ace wrap which can be used to secure the racquet to one’s hand if there is a lack of grip strength. Adaptive equipment is also used, including special socket devices with rings that attach to prostheses which enable players to hold, toss, and serve the tennis balls, this has also made tennis a popular sport among amputees.
In Wheelchair Tennis, the wheelchair is considered part of the body and all applicable Rules which apply to a player's body shall apply to the wheelchair. One buttock must remain in contact with the wheelchair seat when contacting the ball and beginners can play in their everyday chairs, including power chairs, but the more serious player can use a sports chair specifically made for tennis.
There are various types of Tennis Wheelchairs that are available to purchase from various companies throughout South Africa and includes products such as:
The Invacare® Top End® Pro™ Tennis Wheelchair: which is designed for athletes who want durability and quick, easy adjustments. Adjustments that can take up to four hours in other chairs, take only 15 minutes in the Pro Tennis Wheelchair.
You may wish to strap yourself into the chair to improve your stability, straps can be used around the waist, knees and ankles, depending on the players balance. These Tennis Wheelchairs are available to purchase from various companies around South Africa including Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more about this product that they sell, or Contact Us to find out what else is available in South Africa. You can also visit our Wheelchair Tennis page to find out more about Wheelchair Tennis, including the rules and classifications.
Racing Wheelchairs & Equipment
Racing Wheelchairs are a necessary piece of equipment for athletes in wheelchairs competing in Wheelchair Racing and in Triathlons. These chairs are available in various makes and styles and are normally very lightweight & have pneumatic tires. The dimensions and features on the wheelchairs are clearly specified in the IPC Athletics rules. There are rules for each event regarding the athletes' equipment such as the Wheelchair, these rules therefore dictate how the wheelchair shall look & include the following specifications:
- The Racing Wheelchair must have at least two large wheels and one small wheel and no part of the body of the chair may extend forwards beyond the hub of the front wheel and be wider than the inside of the hubs of the two rear wheels. The maximum height from the ground of the main body of the chair shall be 50 cm.
- The maximum diameter of the large wheel including the inflated tire shall not exceed 70 cm. The maximum diameter of the small wheel including the inflated tire shall not exceed 50 cm.
- Only one plain, round, hand rim is allowed for each large wheel. This rule may be waived for persons requiring a single arm drive chair, if so stated on their medical and Games identity cards.
- No mechanical gears or levers shall be allowed, that may be used to propel the chair and only hand operated, mechanical steering devices will be allowed.
- In all races of 800 meters or over, the athlete should be able to turn the front wheel(s) manually both to the left and the right.
- The use of mirrors are not permitted in track or road races and no part of the chair may protrude behind the vertical plane of the back edge of the rear tires.
It is the responsibility of the competitor to ensure the wheelchair conforms to all the above rules, and no event shall be delayed whilst a competitor makes adjustments to the athletes chair. The Chairs will be measured in the Marshalling Area, and may not leave that area before the start of the event. They may be liable for re-examination before or after the event by the official in charge of the event. It shall be the responsibility, in the first instance, of the official conducting the event, to rule on the safety of the chair and Athletes must ensure that no part of their lower limbs can fall to the ground or track during the event.
Various types of Racing Wheelchairs are available to purchase from companies throughout South Africa and includes products such as:
The Eliminator OSR Racing Wheelchair: (pictured right) features a relaxed head tube angle for great cornering and maximum traction. Combined with the stiff aerodynamic T-frame design, precision track compensator system, integral wrap around fenders, a choice of 4 cage styles, aluminum side panels and rubber coated pushrims to make this chair fast. These and other Racing Wheelchairs are available to purchase from various companies around South Africa, Contact Us to find out more about this product and where you can purchase them, or to find out what else is available.
You can also visit our Wheelchair Racing page to find out more about Wheelchair Racing and the other rules and regulations.
Golf Equipment & Wheelchairs
Golf is a precision club and ball sport, in which competing players (or golfers) use different types of clubs to hit a ball into a series of holes on a golf course using the fewest number of strokes. Disability golf classification is used to guarantee that no matter your disability, you can compete on an even footing, it is used for deaf golf, blind golf, amputee golf, golf for the mentally challenged, paraplegic golf and other forms of golf involving persons with disabilities. There are also a variety of different types of equipment which can be used to assist persons with disabilities to be able to compete in Golf. Some of this equipment which was designed to assist persons with Mobility Impairments to play golf, is available to purchase from companies in South Africa such as Steenkamp and Snyman Inc., this equipment includes products such as:
ParaGolfer - Power Wheelchair For Golf: The ParaGolfer (pictured right) is a Power wheelchair for Golf, it is designed for use on the golf course and helps you with your favourite sport no matter what your handicap. The ParaGolfer is designed so you always stand securely and has a seat that can be adjusted to your needs, with a patented stand up support which helps you consistently assume the optimum position relative to the ball.
The ParaGolfer is manoeuvrable on all-terrain, and is three wheeled with a top speed of 10 km/h, the ParaGolfer overcomes obstacles of up to 10 cm in height and gradients of up to 17°. Thanks to The ParaGolfer, the player is always ensured a secure footing, combined with the patented stand up function, nothing gets in the way of a precise drive. These ParaGolfers are available to purchase from companies around South Africa including Steenkamp and Snyman Inc., contact them to find out more about this product that they sell, or Contact Us to find out what else is available in South Africa. You can also visit our Golf page to find out more about Disabled Golf, including the rules and classifications.
Handcycling Equipment & Handcycles
A Handcycle is a type of tricycle powered by the arms rather than the legs, as with a bicycle. Handcycles are steered & powered by the front wheels, with two coasting rear wheels. Despite this equipment usually having three wheels, they are also known as handbikes. The handcyclists use their torso to help propel & steer the cycle simultaneously and some designs use two front wheels and a single rear wheel, while others use lean-steer designs. Handcycles are not wheelchairs, they have cranks and gears, while a wheelchair has push-rims directly on the main wheels. Handcycles come in a variety of styles, making them accessible to persons with a wide variety of disabilities. There are also hybrids which are a cross between a handcycle, a recumbent bike and a tricycle.
There are 2 main types of Handcyles, they include The Fork Steer Handcycle and The Lean Steer Hancycles. The Fork steer handcycles represent the majority of handcycles sold. They work well for both low and high-level spinal injuries, and most have adjustable footrests, seat angle, and come with a variety of gearing, wheel and tire configurations depending on intended use, such as racing, recreation or touring.
Lean Steer Riders turn lean steer handcycles by leaning into the turn, there is a longer learning curve with lean steer handcycles and they are significantly less stable at high speeds. Lean steer handcycles can work well for lower-level injuries; although, some athletes with high-level disability use them as well. There are different types of Handcycles that are available to purchase throughout South Africa from various companies, they include products such as:
The Invacare Top End Force RX Handcycle: is the latest competitive handcycle in the Invacare® Top End® Force™ series. The Force RX handcycle ( pictured right) combines the speed of the Invacare® Top End® Force™ X Handcycle, designed with the adjustability of the Invacare® Top End® Force™ R Handcycle in a lightweight, aerodynamic package. The 7005 aluminum heat treated frame is fabricated with slick one piece side frames plus there are multiple enhancements to allow a more reclined position without interferences. It has sleek new drop outs and the cables are routed through the head tube so that you don't see them. The custom reclined frame with an adjustable featherweight carbon fiber back is ultra-light and super stiff. The Force RX handcycle is a completely customized racing machine which includes a SRAM® X9 30 speed drive train. These Handcycles are available to purchase from various companies around South Africa including Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more about this product that they sell, or Contact Us to find out what else is available or visit our Handcycling page to find out more about Handcycling and the rules and regulations.
Off Road & Touring Handcycles
There are also various other types of Handcycles available, which can be used for Touring or Off Road Handcycling. Off Road Handcycles are different from other handcycles in that there are two wheels in front and one behind, and it has a lower gear ratio range. This gives the handcycle the ability to tackle steep slopes and permits handcycle mountain biking. The addition of a wider tire with suitable tread makes some mountain biking possible on standard road bikes, some manufacturers incorporate mudguards and pannier cargo racks. As handcycles have evolved they have become progressively lighter, and they have better gearing for long climbs and long distance touring.
These types Handcycles are available to purchase from various companies around South Africa, Contact Us to find out what is available or visit our Handcycling page to find out more about Handcycling and the rules and regulations.
Rehabilitation is a step-by-step process that helps persons to recover and to function as effectively as possible after a life-changing event. For persons with Mobility Impairments, this may include getting them moving again, helping them regain their strength, relearning old skills, or finding new and different ways of doing tasks that they used to be able to do. There is a wide variety of Standing and Walking equipment, as well as exercise and strengthening equipment to choose from throughout South Africa that will assist with this. Some of this equipment, such as Dumb Bells and Stretch Ropes are easily available to purchase in most Sports Shops in South Africa, while equipment such as Parallel Bars, Standing Tables & other Walking Aids are used for Rehabilitation & can be purchased from companies such as Prima Care, Sitwell Technologies & Simplify Wheelchair Seating who sell various makes of this and other types of Rehabilitation equipment, including:
Standing & Walking Equipment
Our bodies were made to be upright and so standing and walking delivers enormous health benefits for all persons, especially those who use wheelchairs. The benefits of standing include: Strengthening Bones, it improves breathing, improves blood circulation and the Bowel and Bladder.
Body weight supported gait training provides the sensory experience of walking, with the goal of re-training neural pathways, ultimately resulting in ambulation. This training has shown great benefits and helps to improve balance, motor control, weight-bearing ability and the re-creation of a natural gait. There is various equipment that is used for both walking or standing and is available to purchase in South Africa, such as:
- Standing Wheelchairs: which are available as both Manual and Motorized Wheelchairs.
- Parallel Bars: that can be used with or without a walking harness.
- Body Weight Supported Trainer: is equipment such as the Ergo Trainer which is used for the rehabilitation of gait training, motor function and the strengthening of the muscular system.
- Standing Frame: is a free standing vertical stander, designed to enable people to be safely raised from sitting to standing position and then be positively supported during their standing rehab program.
- Tilt Tables: are used by those who need support to re-adjust to standing, from the lying position, thus giving multiple physical and psychological health benefits.
This equipment is available to purchase from various companies throughout South Africa and includes products such as:
Standing Wheelchairs: Standing Wheelchairs are available as both Manual and Motorized Wheelchairs and can also be known as a Standing Chair. They are similar to a Standing Frame and allows a wheelchair user to raise the chair from a seated to a standing position. The standing wheelchair supports the person in a standing position and enables interaction with people and objects at eye level, as well as supplying pressure relief and the other benefits that other standing equipment supplies. Standing wheelchairs can be either manually operated, have power-operated wheels but a manual lifting mechanisms or be fully powered. They are used to achieve regular mobility and to stand the person up using hydraulics or other power sources. Visit our Wheelchairs & Scooters - Manual Standing Wheelchairs page to find out more about these Manual Wheelchairs and where you can purchase them, or visit our Wheelchairs & Scooters - Motorized Standing Wheelchairs to find out more about these Motorized Standing Wheelchairs and where you can purchase them.
2. Parallel Bars that can be used with or without a walking harness include products such as the:
Parallel Rehabilitation Bars: Parallel Rehabilitation Bars are supplied by various companies in South Africa such as Simplify Wheelchair Seating, these Parallel Bars are made out of very strong steel with a wooden base, so that the patient can rest with ease on the bars and know that the bars will keep them up. These parallel bars are height adjustable, so are suitable for persons of different ages and sizes, contact Simplify Wheelchair Seating to find out more about this and other products that they sell.
Please feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions about these products, or contact the companies listed to see what other products they can supply.
3. Body Weight Supported Trainers are equipment which are used for the rehabilitation of gait training, motor function and the strengthening of the muscular system and includes equipment such as:
Ergolet Ergo Trainer Body-weight-supported rehabilitation: The Ergo Trainer (pictured right) is used for the rehabilitation of gait training, motor function and the strengthening of the muscular system. When used in conjunction with a treadmill it is possible for patients with impaired walking ability to train the correct physiological gait. Documented results show that a progressive training regime of repetition of movement combined with controlled speed and elevation adjustment of the treadmill, are key factors to successful and lasting patient rehabilitation. It can be used with a comprehensive range of walking harnesses and slings and has a capacity of up to 200 kg. It has a compact attractive design, is easy and safe to use and is available in 2 sizes. This product is available to buy in South Africa from companies such as Sitwell, contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
Please feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions about these products, or contact the companies listed to see what other products they can supply.
4. Standing Frame are designed to enable people to be safely raised from a sitting to standing position and then be positively supported during their standing rehab program, this includes equipment such as:
Rifton Supine Standing Frames: The Rifton Supine Standing Frame allows patients to stand at eye level with their peers. The adjustable supports on the standing aid allow for functional alignment, with the client’s arms, leaving them free for activities. Positioning someone with disabilities in a standing position is the first step to facilitating bone and muscle development and maintaining range of motion in addition to encouraging better functioning of the body’s internal systems. Optional accessories are available to tailor the standing frame to the patient’s positioning needs. Supine standing provides many therapeutic benefits, including head support with partial weight-bearing. This product is available to buy in South Africa from companies such as Sitwell, contact them to find out more about this or other products, or to receive a quote.
Please feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions about these products, or visit our Pediatric Standing Frame page to find out more about the Pediatric Standing Frames that are made specifically made and sold for children of various ages in South Africa.
5. Tilt Tables are used by those who need support to re-adjust to standing, from the lying position, thus giving multiple physical and psychological health benefits, these Tilt Tables includes equipment such as:
Rifton Supine Stander: The Rifton Supine Stander (pictured right) has adjustable supports on the standing aid to allow for functional alignment, with the client’s arms left free for activities. Positioning someone with disabilities in a standing position is the first step to facilitating bone and muscle development and maintaining range of motion in addition to encouraging better functioning of the body’s internal systems. The Rifton Supine Stander offers two sizes for a wide range of users and was formerly called the TranStander. This product is available to buy in South Africa from companies such as Sitwell, contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
Rifton Prone Standers: The Rifton Prone Stander allows for physical development and greater social interaction enabling clients to experience the world more fully while building strength for the future. Our Prone Standers provide anterior support and stability while encouraging weight-bearing and use of both hands and arms. Fully adjustable, the Rifton Prone Standers can “grow” with clients as their skills develop, they provide hip alignment through comfortable postural supports, as well as stretch to reduce risk of lower extremity contractures. Benefits of Rifton Prone Standers include: They build head control & strengthen lower-body muscles; Position the user at eye-level to peers for social interaction. Adjustments are easy to make optional accessories which enables therapists to customise the supports to a client’s needs & calibrated angle adjustment positions the client from 0° to 85°. This product is available to buy in South Africa from companies such as Sitwell, contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
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There are a wide variety of exercise equipment that you can purchase in South Africa, so that you can exercise in the comfort of your own home, this equipment does not need to cost a fortune or take up much room. You can start off with some stretch ropes (Therabands) and dumbbells or wrist or ankle weights that strap onto your wrists rather than having to hold them with your hands and you can also use various types of Gym equipment that lets users stay in their wheelchair while using arm exercise machines. Mitts with Velcro straps are also available that can help users to hold onto an exercise machine if their grip isn’t strong enough. Read the article below to find out more about these different types of Equipment which is available in South Africa, as well as the companies that sell them.
Therabands or Stretch Ropes: Therabands or Stretch Ropes offer a more gentle way to build resistance and can be bought in strips or lengths of up to 25m. They are colour-coded according to the resistance they offer (with yellow being the lowest resistance and black being the highest resistance), this inexpensive tool can help persons with disabilities to slowly build up their strength and stamina before moving onto more substantial exercise equipment. These Therabands can also be used with wrist straps (pictured right) for those who don't have full use of their hands. This equipment is available to be purchased from various companies around South Africa including most sports shops. Contact Us to find out where & what other equuipment is available in South Africa, or visit our Health Care & Rehabilitation - Exercise at home or gym page to find out more about the types of exercise you can do with this type of equipment.
Wrist and Ankle Weights: Wrist and Ankle Weights can be used to add extra resistance to a workout, or they can be worn during day-to-day activities to gradually build strength and increase muscle tone. Consider getting wrist and ankle weights with secure straps so they can attach to your body without needing to be gripped, (pictured right), these are ideal for Quadriplegics who don't have full use of their hands, so battle to hold dumb bells. These Wrist and Ankle Weights are available in different sizes, with the maximum weight at about two and a half kg, but they can also be joined together to add extra weight, or disk weights can be added to them. This equipment is available to be purchased from various companies around South Africa including most sports shops. Contact Us to find out where to purchase these products or what other equipment is available in South Africa, or visit our Health Care & Rehabilitation - Exercise at home or gym page to find out more about the types of exercise you can do with this type of equipment.
Dumbbells: Dumbbells are a popular and effective way for anybody to exercise their arms and hands, exercises can be carried out while dumbbells are held in the hands and the arms are stretched and lifted away from the body. Many persons with disabilities can benefit from introducing dumbbells, especially soft ones or those made from materials such as neoprene, into their exercise routine. Start with lighter pairs and build your way up to the heavier options as your fitness and strength improves. This equipment is available to be purchased from various companies around South Africa including most sports shops Contact Us to find out where to purchase these products or what other equipment is available in South Africa.
Some Quadriplegics and other persons with Mobility Impairments have limited use of their hands, so battle to grip the Dumb Bells or other equipment. There are however a wide variety of gloves that are available to assist you to grip these Dumb Bells or other equipment. An example of this is the "Active Hands" Gripping Aids (pictured right) which are available to purchase from Active Hands or through Sitwell in South Africa, click on the link to see what other equipment they have available, or click on the link below to view a You Tube video demonstrating this equipment and showing what exercises are possible for persons in wheelchairs at home or in the Gym: Disability Gym Workout from YouTube.
You can also Contact Us to find out what else is available to purchase in South Africa, or visit our Health Care & Rehabilitation - Exercise at home or gym page to find out more about the types of exercises that you can do with this type of equipment to Stay Active and Healthy!
Cardiovascular Exercise Equipment
Cardiovascular exercises raises your heart rate and breathing rate into the moderate-to-vigorous intensity level for 10 minutes or more. Common cardio exercises include brisk walking, running, cycling, swimming, rowing, and cross-country skiing. This however is not always possible for persons with Mobility Impairments, especially those who use wheelchairs. There are however different activities that persons in wheelchairs can participate in that offers good Cardiovascular activities, including Sports such as Handcycling, Wheelchair Basketball, Swimming, Wheelchair Rugby and Wheelchair Racing, as well as activities such as Pushing yourself in the wheelchair, Rowing and Handcycling on a Handcycle machine.
There are various types of these Handcycle machines that are available to be purchased from companies throughout South Africa and includes products such as:
Pedal Exerciser - Drive Medical - With Digital Display: These Pedal Exercisers (pictured right) are ideal for users with limited mobility allowing exercise which is low impact and easy on the joints. This portable upper and lower body, pedal exerciser is a superb accessory to get the blood flowing through the upper and lower body and to stay active without the impact problems that can occur through other exercise. They are ideal for users when sitting in your rise recliner chair, the pedal exerciser has a wide leg spread and rubber non-marring feet that keep the exerciser stable even when the user has little muscle control. The pedal exerciser has wrap around adjustable foot-straps for use both with or without shoes. Pedals come complete with toe-straps & includes a Five function digital display indicating exercise time, revolution count, revolutions per minute (rpm) and calories burned. The Pedal Exerciser is ideal for use around the home or in the office and it easily folds so is portable and easy to store. The four anti-slip rubber pads prevent sliding and protect surfaces. The resistance is easily adjusted with the tension screw & it has an attractive silver finish. This product is available to purchase in South Africa from companies such as Prima Care, contact them to find out more or receive a quote.
The MS350 Stepper: The MS350 Stepper (pictured right) has an adjustable seat which not only provides a customized fit, but is also removable for wheelchair access. Patients can experience a full body exercise through coordinated, linear, and natural 1:1 leg and arm motion. The self-adjustable stroke length accommodates patients’ specific range of motion capabilities, providing low impact movement for knees, ankles, and hips in a safe semi-recumbent position. It is versatile for different training emphasis, the MS350’s unique quadrilateral exercise pattern allows users to selectively distribute different extent of exercise efforts across their four limbs. Limbs that input more force can efficiently lead less involved limbs to functional movements and maintain a elevated heart rate. A low inertia starting at 5 watts translates to smoothness; the work rate can increase up to 750 watts, accompanied by different step & speeds of the user’s choice.
Typical applications for this product include Patient warm up before physical therapy session; Have the patient pedal to improve range of motion after knee / hip / ankle / shoulder or wrist surgery & Allow patients to perform cardiovascular exercise. The Self adjustable step length allows patients to pedal in smaller range of knee motion, from 5 degrees to full range. The arms are linked with a 1 to 1 ratio to the foot pedals for ease of coordination & arms can also be used alone without stepping with feet. The symmetry program measures the balance between left and right pedal and/or arm stroke. The Graphical Bio-feedback display motivates patients to maintain an even power symmetry between left and right legs. If measuring arms only the graph and power readings will be reversed. Other features of the MS350 include a work range of up to 750 watts; the indexed seat positioning accommodates users from 4' 10" to 6' 7" & Heart Rate monitoring using the hand grips or optional heart rate chest-strap. This product is available to buy in South Africa from companies such as Sitwell, contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.
You can also Contact Us to find out what else is available in South Africa, or visit our Health Care & Rehabilitation - Cardiovascular Activities page to find out more about the types of Cardiovascular exercises that you can do with this type of equipment and others to Stay Active and Healthy.
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