Running Clinic 2016 (Experiment with Artificial Legs for Use in Sport, for Amputees)
- Time Period
- November 11 to 13, 2016
- Sport/Programme Category
- track & field / para sport / workshop
- Otto Bock Japan K.K.
- Cooperation: Japan Para Athletics, The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center Cooperative bodies: Meikai University, ASICS Corporation Support organisations: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, Porsche Japan
- Number of Individual Beneficiaries
- 1 people
In order to allow a large number of amputees to experience the joys of playing sports and running, a “running clinic” was held both last year and this year. The second running clinic was for three days, from November 11, 2016, at the Meikai University Urayasu Campus. As was the case in the previous year, this year’s running clinic was taught by two Paralympic medalists, Heinrich Popow and Atsushi Yamamoto, and, in addition to 12 above-knee amputees, one below-knee amputee and one double below-knee amputee participated in the clinic this year.The fourteen participants spanning a broad age range, from teenagers to people in their 60s, were, for the most part, made up of beginners who had no experience in prosthetic leg sports and some people who had experience, some of which wanted to run with their children, and some of which wanted to participate in the Paralympics. The participants had various goals, but, with the common passion of wanting to get the most out of teaching from some of the best coaches in the world, these participants boldly faced many challenges, from starting from the first steps, to basic training, to playing basketball and football, and through to the 1-kilometre run and the 100-metre dash. Over the three days, through earnestly tackling each of the challenges presented to them, and with the friendly, enthusiastic and first class teachings of Popow and Yamamoto, all of the highly motivated individuals involved in the running clinic were able to partake, with mutual displays of both courage and deep emotion.