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Adaptive Sit Skiing Information

  • Published: 2009-01-24 : Disabled World.
  • Synopsis: Sit skiing information for people with disabilities thinking of taking up a fun adaptive winter snow sport

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The Sit-Ski was one of the first sitting position skis developed, for people with lower extremity limitations. This may include those with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, lower extremity amputations, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, brain injury or spinal cord injuries. The Sit-Ski is usually preferred by people with significant physical limitations.

Sit skiing has evolved into an adaptive sport that challenges a rider with a disability, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Adapted skiing first started with the invention of the "sit-ski" and the "mono-ski," benefiting both snow and water-skiers. Outdoor enthusiasts with disabilities of all types, from paraplegia to blindness, can now enjoy adaptive skiing worldwide.

The Sit-Ski was one of the first sitting position skis developed, for people with lower extremity limitations. This may include those with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, lower extremity amputations, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, brain injury or spinal cord injuries. The Sit-Ski is usually preferred by people with significant physical limitations.

Sit-skiing involves the use of a sled or pulk-type device such as a seated type of shell that has a slippery bottom and sits directly on the snow. Individuals who use a wheelchair for mobility use this method. Sit skiers use short outriggers. Outriggers are forearm crutches with shortened skis attached at the base of the crutch, which provide balance and steering maneuverability.To turn the Sit-Ski, a skier can drag very short ski poles in the snow and lean in the desired direction. The equipment is simple and straightforward. There is no standardization of the frame or seat designs.

The Buddy system employs a second skier or guide to assist a disabled skier in negotiating a ski slope or trail. Used initially with visually impaired or blind skiers, the concept has been extended to programs for the deaf and mentally impaired. Sit-skiers are not allowed to ski untethered until they pass certification tests.

Adaptive snow sports equipment is ever evolving and access to the wilderness, especially in the winter months of the year, is finally becoming more of a reality for everyone.



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