The XSENSOR ForeSite SS product is featured in this ABC News story by Amanda Shalala. The Australian Paralympic Committee has announced they are developing custom cushions for their athletes, hoping to cut down on their recovery time after long-haul flights, while improving comfort and performance. Read excerpt below and go to the ABC News website to see the video and read the rest of this article

 

 

ABC News Report

Australia's Paralympians to benefit from more comfortable flight seating for Rio games travel

Updated 16 Sep 2015, 4:22am

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
 
Ryley Batt and other paralympians are undergoing personalised testing sessions with seat engineers.
 
Ryley Batt and other paralympians are undergoing personalised testing sessions with seat engineers.
 
On the wheelchair rugby court Ryley Batt is an unstoppable force, but while opposition players struggle to contain the reigning Paralympic and World Champion, he faces a more innocuous challenger.

"A lot of people don't realise how much flights take a toll on our body, sitting down all the time the back's aching, the butt's hurting, it starts to go through the neck," Batt said.

The 26-year-old is widely regarded as the world's best wheelchair rugby player, but a lack of mobility on flights can seriously impact his effectiveness on court.

"(Wheelchair athletes) being seated for such a long period of time has an effect on your range of motion, also your muscle breakdown, and it can affect training," said AIS Paralympic engineer Matthew Crawford.

"So when they get to the other end, they either have to delay their training or they have an injury whilst training which has been caused by stiffness or soreness of lack of range of motion," Mr Crawford added.

Measures intended to improve performance as well as comfort.

 

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