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As I have mentioned in the past, the main aim of The Active Hands Company is to improve disabled people’s lives by offering products that enable users to overcome potential barriers and gain independence. We ship our products all over the world, catering to people with a vast range of disabilities and conditions, and there’s nothing we love more than receiving positive feedback from our clients and hearing the impact our products are having on people’s lives. It really does make it all worthwhile. We would therefore like to share a story with you about a fantastic charity in America…

Getting Active With Active Hands

Top: gym in December (image of empty gym). Bottom: Gym in January (image of full boxing ring)

2016: New Year, New Me So here we are: 2016. With the holidays firmly in the rear view mirror, the last of the Christmas chocolates having been polished off long ago and the inevitable January slump now out of the way, it’s time to concentrate on the year ahead. So let’s take a look at what 2016 has in store for us and for disabled athletes in general, and how Active Hands can help you to push yourselves forward and enable you to reach your sporting goals. Without doubt, the most coined phrase that got banded about in January was…

Exhibiting at Europe’s Largest Disability Show

Rehacare stand

Rehacare is Europe’s biggest Independent Living show and for the first time Active Hands had a stand there. We exhibited as part of the British Pavillion and it was encouraging to see many other  amazing products that our country has to offer. It was a good opportunity for us to showcase our products to companies, therapists, resellers and individuals from around the world. Our exhibition stand was looking smarter than ever before! We shared a stand with our friend Simon from Version 22. Simon was demonstrating his new product: ‘ein-finger ӧffner’ (German for one finger opener). The Nimble is a simple device for…

Active Hands Gym Workout Video

Rob holding free weight with General Purpose aid. Adaptive gym equipment. Suitable for reduced hand function: tetra, quad, cerebral palsy, SCI, spinal cord injury, limb difference, stroke and more.

As a competitive wheelchair racer Rob spends a lot of time training in the gym. Without his gym workouts he would not be able to compete at the world-class level that he does. Rob is not only keen on getting himself fit; he is also keen to help others get into the gym. (He even succeeded in getting me into a gym once!) One of the reasons he invented Active Hands gripping aids was for training for wheelchair rugby. Still wanting to encourage others with disabilities to get into the gym he has now created this instruction video. The video…

Inimove and Active Hands

General Purpose aid holding physiotherapy toy, the inimove

This month we have a guest news blog from designed2enable. They have been testing one of their innovative products with our gripping aids. Active Hands Gripping Aids are the perfect solution if you have limited grip or poor hand function, the gripping aids work beautifully with the Inimove rehabilitation device. Active Hands enable you to hold the device; the glove straps around your hand in the gripped position giving you the ability to grip the device securely. Inimove, is a rehabilitation device for stroke, brain injury and trauma and for ADHD. We recently trialled Inimove with the Queen Elizabeth Foundation,…

Rebecca Finds Freedom on the Water

Rebecca using Pink general purpose gripping aid to hold onto waterski

Rebecca Hopkins has always loved sports and outdoor activities. She was a keen soccer player as a child. She ran her first road race aged 12 and came first in her age group just three weeks after brain surgery to remove a tumour. A keen cross country runner she placed in the top 20 in the National Junior Olympic competition and earned all state honours three times in her high school. Rebecca also began riding her bike in the Pan Mass Challenge to raise money for the “Jimmy Fund”: a national organization that raises money for kids fighting cancer. Over…

Adventures in the Mud for Troy

Troy uses General Purpose aid to control offroad vehicle

Troy Flagg is a 37yr old man who sustained a diving accident that left him with a C6/7 spinal injury. Troy dived into a pound to cool off after playing a round of horseshoes. His dive ended in disaster as he struck his head. Before his injury Troy’s hobby was riding and maintaining his Chopper motorcycle. He regularly went out on rides with his wife and his friends. He is a meticulous person and kept his vehicles and home in the best shape possible. After his injury Troy struggled mentally to relate to things, having always being so self-dependent and…

Active Hands Announces New D-Ring Aid

D-ring aid in gym attached to karabiner. Adaptive gym equipment. Suitable for reduced hand function: tetra, quad, cerebral palsy, SCI, spinal cord injury, limb difference, stroke and more.

The new D-Ring aids from Active Hands are primarily designed for use in the gym. The way that cable/pulley equipment is set up means that the range of movement can be limited when used from a sitting position (such as in a wheelchair). When pulling up from a ground position the stiffness of the attachment handles can restrict full range of movement. In addition to that the handles are often uncomfortable to hold while performing exercises. The D-Ring aids allow direct attachment to the karabiner on the cable. This bypasses the rigid and uncomfortable handle and allows direct connection to…

Injured Soldier Gets a Grip

General Purpose aid in use in gym. Adaptive gym equipment. Suitable for reduced hand function: tetra, quad, cerebral palsy, SCI, spinal cord injury, limb difference, stroke and more.

In 2008 Michael Lewis was serving as a section Commander in the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment when he was involved in a blast while under heavy fire. His platoon was quick to act and evacuated him to a helicopter landing spot from where he was taken to Camp Bastion to have his injuries assessed. Extensive damage was done to his left arm and right leg – he suffered multiple fractures, nerve and muscle damage. Michael underwent surgery to reconstruct his arm and leg with skin, nerve and bone grafts. He has undertaken many months of physiotherapy to learn how to…

A New Year’s Inspiration: Kevin Enners

Kevin in race

Kevin is 20 and has Cerebral Palsy with Dystonia. In October he completed the Marine Corps marathon with his Dad. Two statements that you would not expect to see together – but this is Kevin Enners and can’t is not a word he likes to use. Kevin died twice in the first few minutes of his life and the resulting oxygen starvation left him with cerebral palsy. From a young age he told his father, Rich, that he wanted to race but this was not straightforward due to the nature of Kevin’s disability. Together they modified a three-wheeled recumbent bike…