Game on!

Matt Scott came to Ride Designs recently, looking for a more optimal connection with his basketball wheelchair, as he prepared for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

An elite competitor, Matt has played wheelchair basketball on nearly every stage, from pick up ball with friends, to junior league, collegiate, US National team, then professionally abroad in a number of countries, plus at the Paralympic level. A chair that is not working at 100% efficiency means Matt isn’t able to achieve what he knows he can on the court. 

Matt’s old seating set up was big and bulky with lots of straps. He felt limited. The straps meant that he couldn’t carry the basketball in his lap and push with both hands. There was also extra give and flex in the bucket seating on his basketball chair — it no longer felt like an extension of himself on the court and didn’t respond to his movements the way he wanted.

Ride Designs listened to the challenges Matt was having with his chair and worked with him to figure out the best way to remedy each limitation. New, smaller straps were added that tightened the bucket closer to his body so that he could carry the ball more easily and keep it protected. The tighter-fitting solution also kept the bucket from flexing into the wheels on extreme turns, making the chair much more responsive. Seeking a second gold medal at your fifth Paralympic games, means that both the equipment and the athlete must be functioning at the highest level. 

Matt is currently using a Ride Custom 2 Cushion for his daily seating and is feeling more protected and comfortable than ever. The choice to switch his seating to Ride Designs was a reaction to a serious health scare. Matt hopes to encourage others to be more proactive about their seating and skin health so that they never have an experience similar to his.

Learn more about Matt…

Join us in cheering on Matt and Team USA at the Tokyo 2020 (2021) Paralympic Games!

Stay tuned to the Games:

  • Official Paralympic Games website, constantly being updated.
  • A detailed schedule of which event is happening when, here.
  • How/where to watch, even if you don’t have cable, here.
  • NBC’s Paralympic coverage schedule.

Follow Matt on instagram: @mattscott_fly

“The United States may be the birthplace of basketball, but to make a career out of playing wheelchair hoops, athletes have had to move overseas.” — Gwen Knapp, New York Times, writes about professional wheelchair basketball teams abroad here.

Exciting research from Italy

We’re not surprised that the Java Cushion continues to surpass expectations… Now research from a prospective observational study, done in Italy, helps demonstrate the Java Cushion’s ability to promote healing of stage I-II-III pressure injuries.

In a study of 15 subjects with SCI, all existing injuries closed and no new injuries occurred.

  • The Java Cushion was beneficial in the treatment of ischial pressure injuries.
  • “Maybe the (Java) cushion is therefore a valid alternative to the traditional communicating air-cell cushion.”

Read the abstract in the Italian Journal of Prevention, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Medicine (available in both english and italian).

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Learn how to evaluate industry-sponsored research

A new online CEU course!

Searching for Good Outcomes in Industry Sponsored Research is Ride University’s latest free CEU course offering. 

Taught by Sharon Sonenblum, PhD, Biomechanical Researcher at Georgia Tech University, the course provides information on the different types of studies being done, how to evaluate the research processes, and how you might use the results in clinical decision-making.

Learn more about wheelchair seating and Ride products, from experts in the field, and at your own convenience, on Ride University’s online education platform.

Back support and the PSIS

A good back support makes it possible to optimize pelvic alignment and then balance the trunk without affecting pelvic alignment. The key to achieving this support goal is in the way the back support pivots around its axis for seat to back angle.

The Ride Java Back Support, front view (shown with Java Cushion).

When the Java Back is positioned correctly on the wheelchair, it provides optimal pelvic alignment. It can then be adjusted for trunk balance without changing the pelvic alignment already achieved. Correct height adjustment of the Java Back on the wheelchair is key. 

When determining the correct height of the Java Back on the client’s wheelchair, it is important to locate the client’s PSIS (Posterior Superior Iliac Spine).

Line up the PSIS (indicated by dotted line) at pivot point of the Java Back, shown here from rear.

The PSIS is the most prominent posterior aspect of the iliac crest. If you’re not sure how to locate a client’s PSIS, here are some tips: 

  1. Stand behind the client and find the iliac crest laterally. Move your thumbs in and down until you find a prominent bony bump (which sharply disappears distally and inferiorly).
  2. Look for the two dimples on the lower back — the PSIS are typically located under the dimples.

Then adjust the back height so that the back angle pivot point lines up with the client’s PSIS. This allows the back to pivot around that point of control at the pelvis and not affect the anterior-posterior (sagittal plain) pelvic  orientation.  

Ultra-breathable liner for the Ride Custom Back

>>> NOTE: It quickly became evident that the new ultra-breathable liner is superior in every way to the original composite (Brock®) foam liner. In alignment with our mission to use only the very best materials to make Ride cushions and back supports, Ride will discontinue offering the original Brock foam on the Custom Back as of June 1, 2021. Learn more here. <<<

The Ride Custom Back has long been the premier wheelchair seating solution for achieving optimum postural support, balance and control. The original firm, breathable composite foam liner allows for a thin profile and helps to keep the sitter dry and comfortable in virtually any climate. 

Then Ride further revolutionized custom molded seating by offering the option of a soft foam insert on the Ride Custom Back.  This soft option simply provides a more forgiving user interface with the exacting support of the Custom Back shell.  

Always aiming to improve Ride products, we’re excited to announce a third liner option for the Ride Custom Back! Made from ultra-breathable 3D mesh, this liner performs as well as the original composite liner — yet it’s more breathable. While allowing increased air flow, the Ultra-breathable liner retains even less moisture than the original, making it easier to wash and quicker to dry. In-field modifications are a breeze. Even better, there is no additional charge associated with selecting this liner option.

NEW ultra-breathable, 3D mesh liner material

Review all the liner options via video here: