Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Science Behind The Paralympics

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So the Olympics are on and it has grabbed the attention of the entire world. However, equally as impressive and physically demanding, while entirely more awe inspiring are the Paralympics occurring at the same time. It admittedly gets less press and coverage than the original Olympics, but some of the feats individuals can complete over adversity is nothing short of astounding. 
"The Paralympic Games have a long and fascinating history. The second largest sporting event on Earth – the first being the Olympics – the Paralympics were originally created in 1948 to help British World War II veterans with spinal cord injuries regain confidence in themselves and their unique abilities. Today, the event accomplishes this same goal, but on a much larger scale. Paralympians come from all over the world and from all walks of life, but the one thing they have in common is physical disability. These disabilities, however, are not enough to stop participants from offering amazing performances in a wide array of athletic activities.
The Paralympics have changed in more ways than one. The event has expanded into a large-scale celebration that attracts millions of spectators. Technology has also played a huge role in changing the Paralympics into what they are today. In 1948, the technology available for disabled persons was fairly limited; wheelchairs were the primary option for mobility aids. Today, a whole line of advanced prosthetics makes it possible for Paralympians to compete at a more advanced level. In fact, some Paralympians have gone on to compete against non-disabled athletes in the Olympic Games."


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