Tells the story of the United States Disabled Sports Team at the 1996 Paralympic Games.
USOC Disabled Sports Promo (videotape). USOC Media Services, One Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909.
Describes the disabled sports programming coordinated through the United States Olympic Committee.
World Triumph—1996 U.S. Paralympic Team. (Videotape, 1996). Available from Message Makers, 1217 Turner, Lansing, MI 48906; 517-482-3333.
Tells the story of the triumph of the 1996 U.S. Paralympic Team at the Atlanta Paralympic Games.
Additional Video Resources
This list was taken from the following source: Wood, A. (2001). Get Physical: You Can Do It! Paraplegia News, 55(2). http://www.pvamagazines.com/pnnews/magazine/article.php?art=707
In two volumes, Wheelchair Basketball helps you visualize the concepts and skills described in the book Wheelchair Basketball. The first tape covers individual skills such as shooting mechanics, common pick mechanics, individual defense, and drills. The second tape examines team play, including defensive and offensive transition concepts, man-to-man and combination defenses, and the read-and-react offensive system. Cost for complete set (book and two videos): $49.95; single videos: $29.95 each. Available from Sports & Recreation Program, TASCO, PVA, P.O. Box 753, Waldorf, MD 20604-0753; 888-860-7244 or 301-932-7834; fax: 301-843-0159.
This video is produced through a grant from the American Bowling Congress to encourage newly injured people to participate in the sport. The tape includes interviews and demonstrations by wheelchair bowlers and information on special adaptive equipment and techniques. Cost: $7, which includes shipping. Available from American Wheelchair Bowling Association, 6264 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309; 954-491-2886; www.awba.org
Dancing From the Inside Out
This video features professional dancers from the AXIS Dance Troupe, which includes people with and without disabilities. Dancing From the Inside Out looks at the lives of each of these athletes and examines the process of adapting to their disabilities. The 28-minute film includes scenes from the dancers’ daily lives, rehearsals, and a full-scale performance. Cost: $195. Available from Fanlight Productions, 4196 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02131; 800-937-4113; fax: 617-469-3379; www.fanlight.com
Exercise and Physical Fitness
Armchair Fitness Series
Armchair Fitness: Aerobics
The program includes three 20-minute stretching and strengthening routines accompanied by big band music. According to the tape’s producers, benefits from following their routine include strengthening the heart and lungs, lowering blood pressure, improving circulation, and increasing stamina and muscle strength.
Armchair Fitness: Gentle Exercise
This 30-minute video is designed for people with limited strength and range of motion. It begins with a slow and easy warm-up. Instructor Betty Switkes progresses through a gentle full-body routine, including a seated dance. Anyone who can sit in a chair reportedly can benefit from this activity.
Armchair Fitness: Strength
Improvement of upper-body and leg strength is important and possible at any age. In the first 20-minute session, Betty Switkes leads the group in a warm-up, strength building, a balancing exercise done standing or seated, and a lively seated dance. The second 20-minute session features gentle aerobics, upper-body strengthening using soup cans as weights, enjoyable dance motions, and a cool-down. The tape includes lively big band and popular music.
Armchair Fitness: Yoga Health
Master teacher Pat Hulbert leads participants in three 27-minute sessions of breathing for relaxation, coordinated stretching, and yoga movements in a chair. Regular practice of rhythmic stretching and relaxation reportedly promotes confidence, a deepened sense of well-being, and serenity. No prior yoga experience is necessary.
Cost: $39.95 for each video plus $4.50 for shipping and handling. The four-set Armchair Fitness collection is $120; a set of any three is $90; include $10 shipping and handling for four tapes and $8 for three. Available from CC-M, Inc., 7755 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20012; 800-453-6280; fax: 202-882-7432; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.armchairfitness.com
Endurance and Body Sculpting
A timely, innovative, instructional fitness video for seniors and people with physical disabilities, Endurance and Body Sculpting features five participants demonstrating adaptive versions of the same workout, so virtually anyone can join in. This tape is a “how to” on total-body, aerobic conditioning to improve muscular strength, body contour, and range of motion. The regimen described reportedly burns fat, elevates daily energy, adds greater flexibility, and reduces stress. Cost: $36.95 (free shipping and handling for U.S. orders; add $3.50 outside the U.S.) Available from: Seat-A-Robics, Inc., P.O. Box 1253, Jamestown, NC 27282; 910-454-4615; e-mail: email@example.com
Fitness specialist Chris Hartman hosts this 30-minute workout. Designed to improve muscle strength, circulation, coordination, and flexibility, the program’s exercises are designed to be performed by a seated person. A special section provides relaxation tips for relieving stress. Forever Fit II is a 30-minute tape similar to the original one, but its music is livelier. Cost: $31.95 each, plus $3 shipping and handling. Available from Forever Fit, 2545 Westchester, Toledo, OH 43615; 419-531-4865.
Just 4 Kids
This seated aerobic-exercise program incorporates animation, prop, and musical themes children age five through adolescence can relate to. Cost: $39.95 (free shipping and handling for U.S. orders; add $3.50 outside the U.S.) Available from Seat-A-Robics, Inc., P.O. Box 1253, Jamestown, NC 27282; 910-454-4615; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep Fit While You Sit
Developed by Allen Myerson (injured in a roofing accident) and Alan Slabo (an independent producer), this tape includes exercises created by physical therapist Karol Brumit. Aerobics for arms, torso, neck, and shoulders are designed to improve cardiovascular endurance and increase upper-body strength. Cost: $29.95, plus $6 shipping and handling. Available from Disability Bookshop, P.O. Box 129, Vancouver, WA 98666; 800-637-2256 or 360-694-2462.
Maria Serrao’s Everyone Can Exercise
Maria Serrao does aerobics—for her health, her shape, and her living. And she does them on this video, so you can try them with her. Cost: $12.99, plus $4.50 for shipping and handling. Available from Brentwood Home Video, 31344 Via Colinas, Suite 106, Westlake Village, CA 91362; 805-375-9998; e-mail: email@example.com
Gone Fishin’ for Fun & Fitness
Fourteen people with differing disabilities are featured fishing from boats and docks in locations across the United States. During this 98-minute video, participants discuss what it was like returning to the mainstream of life after a disability. Cost: $39.95, plus $4.50 shipping and handling. Available from Access to Recreation, Inc., 8 Sandra Court, Newbury Park, CA 91320-4302; 800-634-4351 or 805-498-7535; fax: 805-498-8186; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.AccessTR.com
For the past decade, PGA professional Peter Longo has thrilled audiences with his spectacular trick shots. This Longo-produced video is devoted entirely to golf for people with physical disabilities. It includes segments on golf for people with one arm, for those who are blind, and for individuals with arthritis. The tape provides step-by-step instructions along with practical demonstrations and footage of golfers with disabilities at play. Cost: $49.95 (home edition); $69.95 (teaching version). Available from Access to Recreation, Inc., 8 Sandra Court, Newbury Park, CA 91320-4302; 800-634-4351 or 805-498-7535; fax: 805-498-8186; e-mail: email@example.com; www.AccessTR.com
AXA World Ride ’95: The Possible Dream
Experience a 13,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe by an amazing group of cyclists. Beginning in Atlanta and traveling through 16 countries over eight months, a core group of cyclists (five with disabilities) are joined by tens of thousands as they connect communities of the world. Cost: $24.95. Available from World TEAM Sports, 2108 South Boulevard, Suite 101, Charlotte, NC 28203; 888-840-1455 or 704-370-6070.
Challenged Equestrians: The Use of the Horse for Special Populations
Directed toward riding instructors, therapists, educators, and rehabilitation specialists, this 18-minute film follows the natural learning process of a child, taking the rider through hippotherapy, developmental vaulting, remedial vaulting and riding, or sport riding, depending on the level of maturation and individual needs. The rationale of each stage is presented with a look at the professional involved, the benefits of that stage, and the therapeutic techniques used. Cost: $35. Available from Winslow Therapeutic Riding Unlimited, 340A South Route 94, Warwick, NY 10990; 845-986-6686; fax: 845-988-5980; e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org; www.winslow.org
No Simple Road
The excitement and joy of children with disabilities participating in outdoor sports and activities are reflected in this award-winning film by Len Aitken. The 16-minute video records children experiencing the pleasures of rafting, fishing, hayrides, mountain excursions, and other play activities. Cost: Call HSP. Available from the HSP Office, The Children’s Hospital, 1056 East 19th B385, Denver, CO 80218; 303-861-6590.
A Walk on the Wild Side
This video includes activities such as horseback riding, kayaking, bowling, wheelchair rappelling off a cliff, and riding all-terrain vehicles. Through images, music, and interviews with participants, the 13-minute tape captures the heart and soul of Idaho State University’s CW-HOG program. Cost: $29.95, plus $4.50 shipping and handling. Available from Access to Recreation, Inc., 8 Sandra Court, Newbury Park, CA 91320-4302; 800-634-4351 or 805-498-7535; fax: 805-498-8186; e-mail: email@example.com; www.AccessTR.com
Beyond the Barriers!
Mark Wellman is a paraplegic athlete who climbed a 120-foot rope and lit the torch at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics’ opening ceremonies. Beyond the Barriers! shows Wellman and other athletes with disabilities as they climb, sail, surf, dive, and fly into new worlds of freedom. Its soundtrack is by Van Gogh and other artists with disabilities. Cost: $29.95, plus $4.95 shipping. Available from No Limits, 11983 Snowpeak Way, Truckee, CA 96161; 800-742-0248; www.nolimitstahoe.com
How We Play
An 11-minute documentary, How We Play features people with disabilities playing tennis, snorkeling, whitewater canoeing, and practicing karate. Cost: $99. Available from Fanlight Productions, 4196 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02131; 800-937-4113; fax: 617-469-3379; www.fanlight.com
Disabled Sports, USA (Introductory Video)
This overview of Disabled Sports, USA (DS/USA), is a fund-raising tool that features exciting competition footage and interviews with DS/USA participants and staff. The video is 11 minutes long. Cost: $19.95, plus $4.50 for shipping and handling. Available from DS/USA, 451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850; 301-217-0960; fax: 301-217-0968; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.dsusa.org
Mark Wellman and a small crew of friends with disabilities climb Yosemite’s El Capitan and Half Dome, sea kayak with whales, alpine ski the steep and deep, whitewater-kayak off waterfalls, cross-country ski across the High Sierras, and much more. Cost: $29.95, plus $4.50 shipping and handling. Available from No Limits, 11983 Snowpeak Way, Truckee, CA 96161; 800-742-0248; www.nolimitstahoe.com
Viewers follow three athletes—Ronda Jarvis (basketball), Willard Brooks (discus), and Mitch Strickland (power lifting)—in the year preceding their competition in the Atlanta Paralympic Games. This motivational videotape is 60 minutes long. Cost: $21. Available from University of Alabama Center for Public Television, P.O. Box 870150, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487; 800-463-8825 or 205-348-6210.
The China Experience
This is an upbeat, scenic video featuring world-class wheelchair table-tennis athletes training in China for the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games. The group went to the Orient to learn from experts and to visit a foreign land. The camera follows them as they compete, sightsee, shop, socialize, and dance. The video depicts the curious Chinese crowds and their fascination with wheelchair athletes. Cost: $16.95. Available from American Wheelchair Table Tennis Association, 23 Parker Street, Port Chester, NY 10573; 914-937-3932.
The Trevair Story: 2000
This action video on wheelchair extreme racing and mountain biking will get your heart started! Cost: $10. Available from Trevair, P.O. Box 17404, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151; email@example.com
Shot on location in northwest Ontario, Canada—one of the last great wilderness regions of North America—this 28-minute film chronicles a 10-day Wilderness Inquiry II canoe trip involving participants with cerebral palsy, blindness, and other disabilities. Cost: $50. Available from Octavio Molina, 177 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 718-855-8366; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Race
This instructional video by Kenny Carnes is a visual guide to teach everything you need to know about wheelchair racing and chairs. Learn how to adjust and operate a racing wheelchair to its maximum potential. Discover pushing techniques, sitting positions, compensator use, transferring to and from the chair, and preliminary training techniques. Cost: $39.95, plus $4.50 shipping. Available from Access to Recreation, Inc., 8 Sandra Court, Newbury Park, CA 91320-4302; 800-634-4351 or 805-498-7535; fax: 805-498-8186; e-mail: email@example.com; www.AccessTR.com
Disabled Sports USA Presents Adaptive Ski Teaching Methods
In this two-video program, the first tape teaches how to take novice skiers with disabilities back to the slopes. Participants learn how to perform the essential techniques of balance and rotary movements and edge and pressure control. The 35-minute tape also features drills and exercises to improve overall performance. The second video (17 minutes) focuses on advanced three- and four-track skiing methods. Athletes learn drills, adaptive procedures, and alternative techniques to take them to the next level of recreational skiing. Cost: Tape 1 is $49.95; tape 2 is $39.95. Add $4.50 for shipping. Available from Disabled Sports USA, 451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850; 301-217-0960; fax: 301-217-0968; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.dsusa.org
The Mountain Does It for Me
This 12-minute video looks at the special training and educational approach used to teach youngsters with cerebral palsy to ski. “It’s kind of like a dream because movement, like walking, doesn’t come easy for me,” says one of the skiers. “But in skiing, I don’t have to fight it. The mountain does it for me.” Cost: Call HSP office. Available from the HSP Office, The Children’s Hospital, 1056 East 19th B385, Denver, CO 80218; 303-861-6590.
Two, Three, Fasten Your Ski
Fun and excitement from a skier’s point of view are portrayed in this award-winning 17-minute video about a hospital rehabilitation program for people with amputations. Cost: Call HSP office. Available from the HSP Office, The Children’s Hospital, 1056 East 19th B385, Denver, CO 80218; 303-861-6590.
A host of wheelchair tennis’s top pros including Chantal Vandierendonck, David Hall, Ricky Molier, Laurent Giammartini, Maaike Smit, and Steve Welch participated in the new instructional video, No Brakes. Filmed after the Dutch Open in Utrecht, the video is a collaboration of top players, coaches, and equipment specialists. Thirty minutes long, No Brakes guides viewers through all the strokes, goes over some tactics, and shows some excellent slow-motion and freeze-action shots. Cost: $20 U.S. Available from International Tennis Federation, Nancy Faas, Bank Lane, Roehampton, London SW15 5XZ, England; 011-44-181-878-6464; fax: 011-44-181-392-4741; e-mail: email@example.com; www.itftennis.com