Speed, precision and excitement are not usually associated with life after a catastrophic injury or illness. Until now.
The TetraSki represents technology that has finally caught up with our adaptive skiers’ dreams as it offers independent skiing for people with complex physical disabilities.
The TetraSki is starting its journey toward national and international deployment. It has been in development for more than five years with the University of Utah Rehabilitation Research and Development Team and is primarily supported by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.
Electric actuators on the TetraSki provide independent turning and speed variability through the use of a joystick or breath control, allowing the skier with limited strength and dexterity to operate the TetraSki safely and with a high degree of performance and independence.
During 2018-2019, TetraSkis were distributed to adaptive programs across the U.S. and included a comprehensive training package for instructors and participants. Skiers took to the slopes and skied independently for the first time since a tragic accident, illness, or often for the first time ever.
NBC’s Today Show featured the TetraSki in March 2019, and the ski was introduced internationally at the 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
** This post was originally published on https://spinalcordinjuryzone.com/links/53852/the-worlds-only-independent-alpine-ski-for-complex-disabilities