Expert: Rüdiger Böhm
Events such as the Cybathlon ensure that innovative companies take care of further development of new technologies!
Rüdiger Böhm from No legs no limits! Motivation & Coaching is one of our experts.
Why do you support the Cybathlon?
I wear two artificial legs because of an accident and I know about the enormous gain in freedom and quality of life that a modern prosthesis delivers. Therefore, it’s extremely important for me to support this development process and to make it known publicly. Finally, events such as the Cybathlon ensure that innovative companies take care of further development of new technologies!
What are your wishes for the Cybathlon participants?
Good luck to all the participants. I wish joy and happiness during the competitions and do your best to succeed. Be open minded and enjoy all the new people from all over the world that we all can meet during this great event. Have fun!
Do you have any experiences of technologies being showcased at Cybathlon, either having used them yourself or people you’ve worked with using them?
I wear a high-tech prosthetic from Ottobock. At the moment in my opinion the Genium X3 is the best computer controlled knee on the market. I’m doing pretty well with my two artificial legs and I’m able to walk along without any extra tools. This is also possible because of the Genium X3 from Ottobock!
What do you expect from Cybathlon?
Unfortunately the Swiss legislation for obtaining a prosthetic still follows the rules of simplicty and practicality. Which means that all the great and especially useful developments are not paid for by anyone but the user themself. I hope that the Cybathlon can put some pressure on at the political level to push a change in their way of thinking. All these great innovations are for nothing if people with disabilities are not able to use them for financial reasons. Finally we all should never forget that even the best prosthetic… it’s still a replacement!