Carleton student studies sledge hockey athletes

Alicia Gal is a biomedical engineering PhD candidate at Carleton. Her research focuses on the biomechanics of sledge hockey. Sledge hockey follows the same rules as upright hockey does, allowing those with physical disabilities to play this country’s de facto national sport. The sport was introduced into the Olympics at the 1994 games in Lillehammer, Norway, where the Swedish team won the sport’s first Olympic gold medal. It has since grown to be one of the most popular sports in the winter Paralympic games, with Canada winning its first and only gold medal at the 2006 games in Turin, Italy. Despite the popularity of the sport, not many academics are actually researching the science behind it. This is the gap that […]

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Handcycling in sport and history

The Wheelchair Sports Federation website describes the sport as involving the use of a modified bicycle that replaces foot pedals with hand cranks, allowing people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities that limit the use of their lower extremities to cycle. The brakes are also located on the steering column. Most handcycles are designated as lean steer cycles. This means in order to steer, an individual has to lean into turns much like a bobsledder. The activity involves the use of the entire body, not just the arms. According to the Canadian Paralympic Committee website, handcycling is one of the four types of paracycling practiced currently at the Summer Paralympics. In competition settings, especially at national or transnational events […]

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Carleton holds first parasports festival

The clash of metal could be heard through the Carleton University Fieldhouse on Oct. 9, as Carleton hosted its first ever Parasport Festival on campus. The festival was brought to Carleton by the university’s Research, Education, Accessibility and Design (READ) Initiative and the Canadian Paralympic Committee. The festival displayed a number of different adapted sports, from the hard-hitting wheelchair rugby to the tactical game of Paralympic boccia to Carleton, University of Ottawa, and Algonquin College students and members of the community. The festival was the first event of Carleton’s new READ Initiative. The goal of the festival was to get disabled Carleton students active. “We organized this event because we wanted to give all of the students at Carleton who […]

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