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Sport & Lifestyle
In Mexico City, the six-time world champion Anna received the “Paralympic Sports Award” for her five gold medals at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi. For two years, she may now use the title of “World’s Best Disabled Athlete”. The next award followed soon afterwards: In Cologne, the 23-year-old Bavarian from Bayerbach (Germany) was elected for the fourth time as the “Disabled Athlete of the Year” and honored in an official ceremony with nearly 400 guests at the German Sports & Olympia Museum. Today, Anna is one of the most successful alpine ski athletes worldwide.
With one arm and 22 medals
Gerd, from the northern Bavarian region of the Upper Palatinate, also had to set up an extra-large showcase for all his medals and trophies. The 44-year-old downhill racer lost his right arm in a 1989 accident, but that did not deter the nicknamed “Schöni” from collecting 16 victories and a total of 22 medals in several Winter paralympics. As a 14-time world champion, he is considered the most successful athlete in Paralympics history. Gerd was repeatedly awarded “Disabled Athlete of the Year”. Furthermore he received the “Silver Laurel Leaf”, the highest German award for sports achievements, four times and was named honorary citizen of his home town, Kulmain (Germany).
Growing public interest
There is no question about it: Anna and Gerd are exceptional athletic personalities. Not only do they demonstrate their special performance and efficiency, but they are also role models for many other people affected by a physical handicap. Outstanding athletes like “Schöni” and Anna also contribute to gradually moving adaptive sports for people with a disability more into the focus of the general public. A prime example is the broadcasting time for Paralympic events on German television – it increased fivefold between Athens in 2004 and London in 2012. Despite such positive developments, athletes with a disability still depend on broad support and sponsoring, which is why Juzo is sponsoring and cheering for Anna and Gerd.
President and CEO
Why does Juzo sponsor athletes with a disability?
Our activities as a sponsor reflect our understanding and appreciation of values, as well as our long history as a family-run company. Helping people with our products and our social commitment take into account both the convictions of our company founder, Julius Zorn, and our guiding principle “Freedom in Motion“.
Why do athletes with a disability depend on support more so than other athletes?
The professionalization of adaptive sports is still in its infancy. While physically-sound top athletes are able to rely on a multitude of support programs, disabled athletes are struggling to fi t in and coordinate their jobs, apprenticeships or studies, as well as their demanding training schedules. This is where we will come in. With our commitment and support, we want to make life a little easier for these admirable athletes and help them to fully utilize their great potential.
What do you personally like about adaptive sports?
I am impressed and very touched by the sports achievements of our athletes, by their motivation, the solidarity of their community and the great atmosphere in stadiums and other sports facilities. These are fantastic experiences and certainly also one reason for the growing importance and role of adaptive sports and their positive perception in the public eye.
Five years ago, the young woman pictured above weighed 286 kilograms (630 pounds). Last year, she was only 155 kilograms (342 pounds). That is 131 kilogram (288 pounds) less! Her significant weight loss shows how encouraging the success of effective therapy can be for patients suffering from lymphedema. Nicole‘s ordeal started in 2005 – with an inflammation of her leg. “Perhaps something had bit or stung me, I don’t know, but immediately afterwards, I had the chills and a fever, and my leg turned hot and red,” Nicole said. Vast amounts of lymphatic fluid accumulated. It became obvious that Nicole needed to see specialists, but her experience that followed was something other lymphoedema patients may also have experienced.
“Many doctors know nothing about it [lymphoedema]. Instead of getting real help, I was confronted with skepticism and a lack of understanding. Some even said that it would be impossible,” she said. Even the health carriers were not very helpful. She had to wait a long time for the approval of a cure for treatment. It was only in the year 2009 that Nicole was admitted to a special clinic in Hinterzarten (Black Forest, Germany); this is where she got her first compression stockings. However, her ordeal was far from over: Another inflammation (a so-called erysipela) and increasing fluid accumulations resulted in weight gain, as well as severe psychological strain and drastic restrictions in her everyday life: Nicole was no longer able to work. Visiting friends, taking a walk in the park – none of that was possible.
Improving her quality of life
And today? “For me, a new life has begun,” said the likeable woman from Duisburg. “Finally, I can walk again without any pain – a great feeling!“ She found specialists, not far from where she lives, who encouraged her, and together they started to combat the disorder. Nicole underwent sleeve gastrectomy; two tissue pouches on her leg were surgically removed. Her weight dropped dramatically; her quality of life increased from one month to the next. Successful therapy also included lymphatic drainage twice a week, plus bandaging. Nicole also has a lymphatic drainage machine at home. Her three-part compression garments are from Juzo and “they are fitting excellently”.
Nicole Kraayvanger is wearing Juzo Expert Strong
The three-part compression garments for Nicole include below-knee stockings and leggings of compression class 3 as well as a pantyhose of compression class 2. The products of the Juzo Expert Strong line are available in all four compression classes and can be used in the most diverse disorders and indications in phlebology, lymphology and scar therapy. Due to their special knit, stockings with seam are also suitable for extreme body proportions with difficult medical indications. Even in case of high compression and containment, the garments are comfortable to wear due to flat seams and breathable soft fabric. Available in different standard and trend colours.
Lymphoedema is harmful for the skin – it might dry out, it gets itchy and starts to scale or peel. Thus, specific skin care is very important: In order to wash your skin, use a lotion, which leaves the natural protective acid mantle of the skin intact.
Exercise and sports
Light exercise is very helpful for patients with lymphoedema: Regular movement promotes lymphatic drainage. Nordic Walking, cycling, hiking and swimming are recommended activities. It is important to always wear the compression aids while being active. In combination with contracting muscles, this will result in an additional “pumping effect” which can promote the drainage of lymphatic fluid.
It is not just the fashion world that thinks about the latest trends. Juzo is working hard with a lot of creativity towards making women even more beautiful – despite any required compression. “Able to live your own style, not letting yourself be restricted.” That is what Juzo wants to make possible.
Every year, the result will be beautiful new colours, and one might entirely forget that compression aids are concerned. Fashion and function can be easily combined – Juzo will show you how!
For their compression knee-highs, thigh-highs, pantyhose, arm sleeves or gauntlets, women in the U.S. may choose from among seven different 2016 summer trend colours and their tie dye variants which downright urge you to cherish the summer and the mild evenings to the fullest.
Also Juzo GmbH in Germany found its 2016 trend colours for the European and Overseas markets. Due to the different markets, the colours of Juzo Inc. and Juzo GmbH differ, to offer exactly what the markets require.
So Juzo GmbH got inspired from galaxies far, far away and like in the United States they are also available in tie dye patterns.
Stockings simply exude cosmic beauty and galactic trendiness – quite out of this world.