Sit-ski

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A sit-ski

A Sit-ski is a sled used by a skier with paraplegia, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, or cerebral palsy.[1][2] It is made from fiberglass.[3] Early sit-skis looked like kayaks and had metal edges.[4][3]

Sit-skis are used for para-Nordic skiing and para-alpine skiing.[2][3] If the sit-ski has one ski, it is sometimes name a mono-ski. If a sit-ski has two skis, it is sometimes called a bi-ski.[3][4] Skiers first used bi-skis in para-alpine skiing before using mono-skis. Mono-skis allow skiers to ski using the same way that people who stand ski down a hill.[4]

Sit-ski users use outrigger skis.[2] In para-Nordic skiing, a sit-skier may use a normal ski pole that is not as long as one people standing up to ski would use.[5]

When skiers first learn to ski, their teacher may be connected to them on a tether until the skier can control the sit-ski on their own.[2]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Michael A. Alexander, MD; Dennis J. Matthews, MD (2010). Pediatric Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice. Demos Medical Publishing. pp. 95–. ISBN 978-1-935281-65-8. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Seymour, Ron (2002). Prosthetics and Orthotics: Lower Limb and Spinal. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. pp. 294–298. ISBN 978-0-7817-2854-6. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Mill, Robert Christie (28 September 2007). Resorts: Management and Operation. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 364–. ISBN 978-0-471-74722-2. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  5. Seymour, Ron (2002). Prosthetics and Orthotics: Lower Limb and Spinal. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 294. ISBN 978-0-7817-2854-6. Retrieved 6 September 2013.