Last night saw the spectacular opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic games marking the beginning of an extraordinary 11 days of sporting action. The dazzling show entitled ‘Enlightenment’, produced by Jenny Sealey and Bradley Hemmings, was watched around the world and entertained a 62,000 strong stadium audience.
A record 4,200 paralympians from an estimated 166 nations are taking part in the fourteenth Paralympic Games – between 29th August and the 9th September.
As the buzz around the Games continues, the London 2012 Paralympic Games are expected to be the largest and most commercially successful Paralympics ever. Following on from the Summer Olympics – the growing interest in Paralympic sport worldwide contributed to a significantly higher demand for tickets to the Games than in previous years, breaking sales records!
The Games also mark the return of the Paralympic movement to its birthplace. The British village of Stoke Mandeville first hosted the Stoke Mandeville Games, an athletics event for British World War Two veterans, to coincide with the opening of the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. The Stoke Mandeville Games was the first ever organised sporting event for disabled people and served as a precursor to the modern Paralympic Games.
Power Plate is very proud to have supplied this year’s participating Paralympians with IFI (Inclusive Federation Initiative) stage two accredited machines to help facilitate their training and preparation for events. The Inclusive Federation Initiative is a programme that encourages the UK fitness industry to become more inclusive, catering for the needs of people with disabilities.
The Power Plate pro6i™ with proMOTION™ technology is the latest model to achieve this Stage two accreditation. Through the incorporation of its proMOTION cable resistance system, disabled users can use the platform independently to perform a wide range of dynamic exercises, benefiting from the vibrations even when they are not on the platform.
As well as being a beneficial form of exercise for disabled users, Acceleration Training on a Power Plate machine is often prescribed by healthcare professionals as part of a wider treatment for individuals suffering from conditions such as Arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Diabetes.
So as the world comes together to witness the extraordinary achievements of the Paralympians, we will be cheering on Team GB and hoping for yet more Olympic Golds!