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Beek finished third in his first try last year. stretched his spinal cord and fractured seven vertebrae, including one in his neck. Because he has limited hand function, he is considered quadriplegic, Beek says.
And he has a world championship gold medal to his credit. While the FES stimulated nerves in his paralyzed legs, firing his quadriceps and hamstrings, Beek used his functioning arms to row 1,000 meters in 5 minutes, 33.8 seconds. The runner up was nearly three seconds behind.
PEPPERELL Brian Beek is not a competitive person. Never has been, he says. Not even back when he was able bodied.
But rowing provides his intense cardio workout. It is important for a person in his condition to remain fit, with sturdy bones, "to be ready" for the day stem cell research produces a cure, says Beek. He is optimistic.
However, the 46 year old father of two has tackled considerable physical challenges since Fendi Peekaboo Uk
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being paralyzed from the chest down in an all terrain vehicle accident in June 2008.
He also works as a volunteer at Spaulding, counseling the newly injured, who more closely connect with someone in their situation, says Beek.
Beek, a licensed electrician, felt that sense of walking again when involved in another study at Spaulding in which he was strapped into an exoskeleton Gucci Belt Gold And Black
These results have inspired Beek to advocate for healthy lifestyles "for people in my situation," while he lobbies local gyms and health clubs to invest in equipment adaptive to such people's needs.
ages 12 to 96 and representing 25 countries, participated in the 33rd annual mid winter whirring of the erg machines. The FES (functional electrical stimulation) division won by Beek included participants in a one year study at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston that evaluated rowing's effects on increasing bone density in those with spinal cord injuries. Half the participants were infused with drugs Hermes Epsom used in the treatment of osteoporosis, half weren't. Beek was in the half that wasn't.
He has remained active. Beek accompanied a Wounded Warriors surfing event to ride the waves last summer at Hampton Beach. He rides a handcycle along bike paths in Pepperell and Nashua with his wife Celeste and their son Spencer, 14, daughter Cassidy, 9.
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Though no longer part of a study at Spaulding, Beek still rows on equipment there twice a week. (He does drive, a modified minivan with hand controls). "I could buy one of the (rowing) machines and do it at home," he says, "but I would miss the camaraderie."
Despite Beek having no trunk control, his rowing has strengthened his core to where he can pick things off the floor from his wheelchair.
"What I have done (since the accident)," Beek says, "is gotten stronger."
suit. The suit powered him as he was tethered to a Hoyer lift.
Beek says his bone density increased by three percent and he lost 35 pounds. The 6 foot 1 Beek's weight, 204 pounds, is back to what it was at the time of his accident.
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