Standing Skiing Classification

I don’t think I realised I was different
in terms of skiing until I was roughly about ten. I should have probably had
poles but I was unable to use them. The process of classification is broken down
into four stages: eligibility based on medical records, physical assessment,
technical assessment and observation in competition. To compete as a standing
skier in Para alpine and Para nordic skiing athletes may have different
eligible impairments that affect one or more of their limbs. For example, athletes
could be missing a hand, arm or leg or have impaired muscle power or
coordination impairments. Athletes may choose to have support personnel such as
their coach present at classification. In the certification office or policy, we
must be sure that they find signs of the neurological impairment like having high
muscle tone high reflexes or problems in the coordinations. Ok and now you chase my
finger. Difficult tests like side stepping and some coordination tests, to see if
the impairment shows to us. Ok hop. We do it on your right leg. I can’t move. The athletes are instructed to perform to the
best of their ability. For standing skiing there are 11 classes in Alpine
and seven in Nordic skiing. We want to see you ski on snow, see how it affects you when you are skiing. Classifiers observe the athletes in competition to confirm the findings
from the assessment. We were looking how much your leg is effected, how strong is your arm affected and with all your tests we think you are a nine two. Because you’re quite new in the sport we will review you in two years. My disability will deteriorate over time but that may not be until my 30s or 40s.

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