Diagnosis: SCI
Level of Injury: T10
Cause: Fall
Age at Onset:  28

This interview was provided by Cyclone Mobility, UK

Jane Sowerby a very fit winter paralympian talks to Stuart Dunne of Cyclone Mobility about her latest addition to her pursuit for excellence.

Below is a brief narrative of discussion that Stuart and Jane had.

S. Can you put all pads on while in your chair?
J. Yes I tried putting pads on lying on bed and then transferring into chair but the easiest way for me is in chair and up against the RT300. It took a while to perfect it but if you've got hand function then you should be able to do quad, hams and gluts.

S. And you put yourself on the RT300.
J. That took some getting used to but I've got it pretty slick now. I put my legs in first then connect up the cables.

S. What do you think you are gaining most from the RT300
J. The thing at moment is reducing spasm, I try to stretch after each time I go on the RT300.  If i go to get into car very soon after being the RT300 I can get in, in half the time. I've also tried to do the RT300 late before I go to bed and lying on my front is so much easier. I think a long term plan is try and improve my skiing in particular slalom from greater trunk strength.

S. What about set up, I know you've got a hip problem and it has dislocated in the past.
J. I find that if I put a cushion behind me and just make sure my hip is stable by not letting my legs stretch me then everything is ok. In fact I think it's doing it good. When I first start the contractions are quite strong but after while they settle down. I understand that is quite usual. I'm really interested to see that my calf muscle is contracting and giving me nicer lower leg.

S. Looking at your graphs you can see that you have progressed in strength and stamina. How do you feel?
J. Sometimes it's been really hard and I've been really feeling as if I'm working hard which is weird because I don't actually think of it as hard work but obviously it is. It's a bit like going to the gym which I find fascinating when you’re used to your legs doing nothing. When you think about it, it's fairly logical your legs are working really hard.