The development of prosthetics which could propel Paralympians to “super-human sporting achievements” may be just around the corner, scientists predict, and Icelandic prosthetics manufacturer Össur may have a part in that.
Oscar Pistorius. Source: Wikipedia.
Richard Hirons is a clinical specialist at Össur, the company which makes prosthetics for Oscar Pistorius, the so-called “Blade Runner”, among others.
He told Sky News there is “no going back” for technical advancements in the field, and that able-bodied athletes will soon be unable to keep up with their disabled counterparts.
“You are only limited by your imagination,” he said. “There is talk and research about augmentative devices where you are fully integrating a prosthesis with human physiology and human anatomy.”
“I am sure absolutely one day there will be a group of athletes who wear either exo-skeletons or adapted prostheses that are powered devices, and they will have times that are far greater than able-bodied Olympic athletes.”