Doing it with the wheelchair is just straight up stupidity. Even a light fall can mess up his back, and a heavy fall could seriously injure him. That half climb back down was painful to watch. I’ve spoken to adaptive athletes about this video. The response I usually get is 1. Oh this shit again, Official LOVE never gives up T-Shirt and 2. You know what that is? Its a great way to turn yourself from a ‘para’ to a ‘quad’. Wheelchairs don’t have much in the way of suspension, and between the added mass and not having more soft body to collapse under him, a tall enough fall onto the wheels could lead to a compression fracture in the vertebra. Paralysis isn’t just legs or arms, depending on how high the damage is you can end up with all sort of other system issues.
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Side note: this is Woody Belfort. Dude is crazy goddamn strong and has calisthenics skills that would make us all blush. He has cerebral palsy – adding a spinal cord injury to that would suck. I think its fair to be in awe of someone and still be concerned for their safety. Doesn’t the mattress floor act as suspension? Why would falling in a wheel chair be worse than landing on your arse? I got a compression fracture when I was 13 from landing on my butt doing long jumps so I understand not it Official LOVE never gives up T-Shirt using your legs/knees makes it much worse. Just wondering if the chair makes that any worse. Does the extra momentum from more mass make things worse?
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Not a mattress. It does not compress as much as it looks like it would. And the weight isn’t very spread out from the wheels anyways. Bouldering mats do vary in how firm they are but especially the in door ones I’d be rather land on it than an actual mattress. I’ve fallen on my back from pretty high while bouldering and other than sometimes getting a bit winded I’ve never been injured from the fall. I was paralyzed in a climbing accident and returned to Climbing post-injury. Official LOVE never gives up T-Shirt I do not boulder any more because if I land wrong, the rods in back back won’t allow my spine to absorb shock the same way a normal spine would and could cause serious damage. When it comes to spinal cord injuries every bit of ability that you still have makes a massive difference. If I damage my spinal cord more completely, or at a slightly higher level everything changes