Adaptive Sports Therapy Expert Available for Paralympics Coverage

Article ID: 613506

Released: 7-Feb-2014 10:10 AM EST

Source Newsroom: Kennedy Krieger Institute

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Gerry Herman, Director of Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Physically Challenged Sports Program in Baltimore, is available to discuss adaptive sports and the events taking place as part of the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi. For over 20 years, he has helped patients with disabilities participate in sports like wheelchair basketball, wheelchair softball and a unique sport that will be played at the upcoming Paralympic games in Sochi, sled hockey. It allows individuals with disabilities such as cerebral palsy to traverse the ice on a metal frame with two skate blades attached. Players have two sticks with bike handles to help generate speed and direct the puck. In addition, his past patients are also taking part in the sit-ski sport for the first time in the Paralympics. Gerry is available to discuss the Paralympic adaptive winter sports, how the participants are impacted by being able to compete and other relevant topics. Gerry could be available via phone and broadcast studio from Baltimore.


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