Rectech's National Users with Disabilities Group Exercising (NUDGE): The Equicizer Mechanical Horse
The Equicizer, developed in 1982 by Jockey/inventor Frank Lovato, Jr., can be used for exercise and therapy. More information can be found on the Wooden Horse Corporation website at http://www.exercisehorse.com. Lovato built a horse out of wood and springs to simulate riding maneuvers to help rehabilitate himself from a fractured leg he had received from a racing accident, which helped him regain his strength, flexibility, and fitness. Eventually he developed the Equicizer, which has since been recognized by riding programs for individuals with disabilities, sports medicine facilities, and riding academies.The Accessible Environments Study:
The RecTech project seeks participants for its Accessible Environments study. Accessible Environments aims to increase access to fitness centers, parks, swimming pools, and trails for persons with disabilities. The study involves accessibility assessment, identifying access issues and barriers, and developing strategies to remove or lessen the impact of these barriers. Project staff seek individuals with links to their communities to help recruit persons with disabilities as well as fitness and recreation facilities to serve as study sites. Such individuals may work in independent living centers, fitness and recreation organizations, disability organizations, or universities.
For more information, contact Dr. Barth Riley, Project Director, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, at 312-355-4054, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.