National Veteran Wheelchair Games (NVWG) 2013 – Tampa, FL
July 17th, 2013
Watching the games starts out as a novelty. It doesn’t take long, however, to get pulled into the strategy and competition. Suddenly, you’ve forgotten that this is a wheelchair event; it is sport.
This is my 6th time to the games as part of the team from the Human Engineering Research Laboratory (HERL) – a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh VA. As a consultant to the HERL team, I perform shoulder ultrasound exams on wheelchair athletes using a scale we developed in 2005 at the first games that I attended in Minneapolis. This scale is one small part of the incredible efforts by the HERL researchers to advance mobility and decrease injury in wheelchair users of all types. It is humbling and great fun to work with these professional researchers and high level athletes.