Vanessa Low – Double amputee world champion and Paralympic winner

Vanessa Low with the Australian Flag

The athlete Vanessa Low has been a satisfied customer of Orthopädie-Technik Scharpenberg since the beginning of 2016. At the head office in Rostock, the disabled athlete is optimally looked after by master orthopaedic technician Hendrik Hörenz. The two have been a well-established team since 2011. Vanessa followed her orthopaedic technician to the Baltic Sea, who moved from the south to the north of Germany due to a new professional challenge.

“An outstanding athlete like Vanessa needs special custom-made products with which she can achieve optimal performance,” explains Hendrik Hörenz. The runner and long jumper prepared intensively for the Paralympic Games in Rio. She finished successfully – with a gold medal in the long jump and a silver medal in the 100m race.   Vanessa receives her special running prostheses from Orthopädie-Technik Scharpenberg with the support of innovative industrial partners from the orthopaedic technology sector. The prostheses are equipped with special carbon shafts for sports use and a liner system. A pin vacuum system specially developed for Vanessa Low is installed on the left side, which ensures optimal adaptation of the prosthesis during walking. A special PU liner in the vacuum system is located on the right sports prosthesis.

The dynamic knee joints of the 3S80 model are also special sports prostheses. Since last year, Vanessa has been using the Cheetah Xtreme carbon foot from the company Össur, which was specially designed for short distances and sprints. The curved shape allows the foot module to bend more, which provides a more powerful energy boost.

In everyday life, the Paralympics participant uses various prostheses. At the moment, she wears the Genium knee joint, which hardly sets any limits for her due to the many extras. Vanessa is currently testing the new weatherproof Rheo XC knee joint and the Proflex XC foot from the company Össur. Together, these technical innovations enable a more fluid and, above all, more natural movement.

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