Lo que sea que te guste hacer en tu tiempo libre, probablemente haya una historia aquí sobre ello. Lee sobre los paralímpicos, los piratas de verano, el kayak y mucho más!

Kayak-tive Hands!

We were recently tagged on Instagram by athlete Jillian Elwart, who was using her Active Hands General Purpose gripping aid to take on the wild white water rapids of Arkansas, North America. Through several messages back and forth, we discovered that, on top of being a mother, dog owner and paediatric prosthetist, Jillian was also something of a prodigy on the kayaking scene, and that Active Hands had played a small, yet vital, role in her rapid rise towards the top of competitive kayaking. This is her story… Jillian was born in 1983 in Little Rock, the capital city of…

Adapt and Conquer!

Philippa shares a flat with a housemate on the outskirts of London, and loves running, hiking, dancing and seeing friends. In her early thirties Philippa found herself returning home from hospital after losing her fingers. She was so relieved that the pain had ended that she hadn’t even considered the impact this new disability would have on her life. She so loves being active that she went on a cycling holiday in France in between operations on her hand! When her surgery was done, she had lost three fingers and part of her palm on her left hand and two…

High hopes for England’s Strongest Disabled Man.

Adam (thecpsavage) is a 30 year old from North West England with Cerebral Palsy. He can be found listening to rock music, binge watching TV shows, or playing playstation. But mostly, he enjoys lifting heavy things. Very heavy things. How does your cerebral palsy affect you? Adam has Cerebral Palsy (left sided hemiplegia). He explains, “it affects my balance on stairs, I can’t ride a bike, or run fast, that sort of thing.” However, the main area that is affected is his left arm, which lacks muscle mass and grip strength as well as being shorter than his right arm,…

‘Against All Odds’ – Active Hands featured on Unilad

Kate Farley, known as ‘Girl boxer with CP’, is one determined athlete.  Keen to train hard and push her boundaries, Kate met with personal trainer, Matthew Furnell.  She quickly showed an interest in boxing and together they adapted their workouts to develop her passion, with their eyes set firmly on the Paralympics. Kate uses a wide range of gym equipment to complement her training and is able to access this thanks to her General Purpose gripping aids.  On her instagram account (GirlboxerwithCP), Kate explains, «Love pushing my abilities to discover different pieces of apparatus I can go on.  Again, this…

Going for Goals – Alex Turley

Alex Turley embodies all that we at Active Hands strive for; determined, strong-willed and very, very active! Alex is a 26 year old from Essex who is currently following her interest in animals by studying for an equine science degree. Not content with just studying however, Alex also trains and competes in horse-riding (including dressage), swimming, wheelchair racing and regularly completes weights-based workouts in the gym. Born prematurely, Alex’s doctors hypothesise that some of her neuropathic pathways did not fully form: a condition so rare, it remains unnamed. As a teenager, Alex lost the use of her left arm and…

Taking action

Oksana is the person behind Association Kondor – a website that aims to provide detailed information to assist disabled people in planning their travels.  We spoke with her about her own disability, rehabilitation and how her new outlook has led her to create her website. In 2013, after sustaining a rare kind of spinal cord injury resulting in tetraplegia, Oksana found herself facing a new world of disability; «My family and I found ourselves alone against the medical world; alone with our questioning and alone in the process of adapting to the constraints of everyday life.»  Passionate about dancing, she…

Finding your own way

Anne-Marie describes her 8 year old daughter with well-deserved pride and here at Active Hands we love reading about our customers’ inventiveness and determination.

Rediscovering a lost passion; Daniel’s story

As a child, Daniel was a keen BMX rider and enjoyed the thrill of competing.  His achievements came to an end after nerve damage left him unable to hold the handlebars.  30 years later, Daniel has rediscovered his passion, with the help of Active Hands, and is now fulfilling his childhood ambitions. «Hello, my name is Daniel Steele.  I’m 49 years old and I’m from Nashville.  I’d like to share a story with you.  In my youth, up until around 16 years old, I was a competitive, die hard, bicycle rider.  In the discipline of BMX, I travelled the country…

Tony’s Story

I first began talking to Tony in December of 2015; he had recently purchased some Active Hands gripping aids and was interested in picking my brains about my life with spinal cord injury, the abilities I had regained, and how I used my Active Hands aids in everyday life. Through our interactions and via social media, I have seen just how far Tony has come in the last two years and the ever-increasing number of exercises he is able to do using his Active Hands aids. When I contacted him recently to get some information with which to base this…

«Life is for living!» – Ben Clark’s story

Ben Clark is the man behind the YouTube channel ‘AdaptToPerform’ and head of strength, conditioning and sports science for a performance swimming club, working with some of the country’s best swimmers. This month, we’ve been chatting to him about his work, how and why he started his channel and what he hopes to achieve, for himself and others. In 2010, Ben ran into the sea, “Baywatch style”, and dove into a wave where the water was shallower than he expected. He hit his head and broke his neck, resulting in paralysis from below the chest, including his hands. Drawing on…