The Paralympics: reaching the pinnacle
Running until 18 September, the Paralympic Games in Rio are the ultimate sporting experience for athletes and physiotherapists alike, says Graham C
Spinal injury – 2012 Team GB sailor John Robertson
There have been two key moments in the sailing career of John Robertson; the first was over 30 years ago when his father Ian took him sailing around Sunderland's coast, an experience that ignited his passion for sailing. The second was in 1994 when Robertson, then in his early twenties, had a motorbike accident which left him with a severe spinal injury.
Tetraplegia – Paralympian medallist Alexandra Rickham
Alexandra Rickham’s life was turned upside down at just 13 years of age. A shallow diving accident whilst on a family holiday in Jamaica left the young Alexandra with C5/6 Tetraplegia – a severe spinal cord injury causing Alexandra’s muscles in her legs, trunk and parts of her arms to not function properly.