Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Today's Daily Herald features the US Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, made up of amputees and players without use of their legs. Chicago's Scheck & Siress Orthotics and Prosthetics has a special interest in a Gold a gold medal for this US Paralympic hockey team.

Burt Constable writes, "The U.S. Squad will get a boost from th addition of some new sleds, specially made by Scheck & Siress, a Chicago orthotics and prosthetics firm with centers in Bannockburn, Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace, Schaumburg and throughout the suburbs.

" 'We made three custom buckets for people missing both legs above the knee,' says David Rotter, 41, chief clinican and lab manager at Scheck & Siress' laboratory at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The firm also made sturdy, custom veneer shells with t USA logo for all 15 sleds.

" 'They worked great and will hopefully give the guys a competitive edge to beat Canada,' Rotter says.

"Taking molds of the player's bodies, Scheck & Siress spent six days to make the three sleds, and donated much of that labor and design work, Rotter says. Each sled weighs less than a 16-pound bowling ball."

Read the whole story at http://dailyherald.com/story/?id=361090