Adapted sports brace for top paralympic athlete Kenny van Weeghel

Nov 07, 2016

Kenny van Weeghel is a Dutch wheelchair racer and is a top contender in the 100, 200 and 400 metre races. In the Paralympic Games in Rio he won gold in the 400 metres and bronze in the 100 metre race.

Nea got to know Kenny through the Ir. Otten Fieldlab for Adapted Sports (FAS) at Libra Rehabilitation & Audiology. His thumb and wrist joints are put under enormous strain during wheelchair races. So the challenge for us was to make braces as a case study that exactly matched Kenny's needs and which were also thin enough for him to wear under the protective gloves he wears when racing. To achieve this, a number of functionalities from several existing PSB Sport braces were combined in one tailored-made set of braces for Kenny. In this way we helped FAS to ensure athletes with disabilities can perform at the top level. This was an ideal cooperative undertaking with excellent results.   

The Ir. Otten Fieldlab for Adapted Sports (FAS) of Libra Rehabilitation & Audiology is a platform for innovation and research in the field of adapted movement and exercise. Companies, knowledge centres (such as the Eindhoven University of Technology) and sports federations work with FAS to bring about innovations in the field of movement and sport for people with functional disabilities.