Running Clinic 2017 (Sports prosthetics experience workshop for amputees)
- Time Period
- 27-29 Oct. 2017
- Sport/Programme Category
- Track and field/Sports for the disabled/Workshops
- Ottobock Japan Co., Ltd.
Japan Para Athletics (JPA)
The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center
Embassy of Germany
German Chamber of Commerce in Japan
- Number of Individual Beneficiaries
- 11 people
This was the third “running clinic” we held for many amputees to experience the joy of running.
The clinic was held at Urayasu campus of Meikai University over the period of 3 days starting 27 Oct.
2017. As was the case for the last clinic, we had two Paralympic medalist, Heinrich Popow and Atsushi Yamamoto. They taught 9 above-knee amputees and 1 below-knee.
Participants age ranged from teen to 50s and their sports prosthetic experiences too varied from a total novice to someone who’s participating in races.
While it was a fun event with everyone helping each other out, the training was very professional with the golden pair of medalists Popow and Yamamoto enthusiastically coaching all the participants.
Feedback from Local Contacts :
Comments from participants
・It was not just serious, they taught us to enjoy.
・The two Paralympic athletes coached us with very accessible way of teaching and I could really feel that I got better. I was very impressed with how seriously they took this imitative.
・All of us were training together, but the two coaches made sure they were watching every single of us fully.
・I hardly had chance of playing basketball or soccer before, so that was refreshing and fun.
・The video clinic was very effective since I could visually check precisely what I was not doing right.
・The coaches were very kind and passionate teaching us armatures while them being medalists. I am very grateful and was very moved by it.