Deuce - Robyn Gillies
A product to make adaptive sport more accessible to para-athletes, making their training easier and more efficient
Currently there is a distinct lack of purpose-built gym equipment designed for athletes with disabilities. For them to train they have to alter and improvise existing equipment that has been designed and built for the able bodied. This standard of equipment is not always safe and does not guarantee the user the same benefits and outcomes as the users it is designed for.
For the project I worked closely with Scott Meenagh, a double above-knee amputee, who has rowed as part of the GB team and this year competed in PyeongChang at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in the Para Nordic Skiing and the Biathlon.
Scott wastes a lot of his training time swapping between 2 pairs of prosthetic feet, which are each suited for different purposes. The changing of prosthetic feet is a task which only prosthetists are supposed to undertake as if it is done incorrectly it can cause misalignment of the joints, risking long term discomfort and damage.
The Deuce Prosthetic Feet provide 2 settings which serve both of these functionalities. By optimising comfort and suspension for walking and long-term hip joint health, then providing a completely mechanically connected base for safer lifting in the gym to protect the lower back.