Invictus Games bolstered by Toronto Rehab

The much-anticipated Invictus Games Toronto 2017 start this Saturday, September 23rd.  Promoted as an opportunity to ‘see first-hand the unconquerable spirit of our wounded warriors as they face off during seven days of adaptive sport competition’ the Invictus Games also provide a number of important roles for our incredible rehab experts.

"In my experience I've seen how these kinds of events can add quality and purpose to people's lives, bring optimism of the future, and it's inspiring to see people setting their individual best – and beating it," says Dr. Sivakumar Gulasingam, Lead Categorizer for the Games and a physiatrist at Toronto Rehab’s Lyndhurst Centre for Spinal Cord Rehab who specializes in parasports and men's health.

A team of six clinical staff from Toronto Rehab's Lyndhurst Centre, including Dr. Gulasingam, are amongst the 16 national and international classifiers responsible for sports specific grouping of athletes. All para athletes require categorization prior to competition to account for the varying degrees of impairment that affects a sporting event. This helps establish specific sports classes to ensure all athletes are competing on a level playing field in any given sport.

Related story: Sports therapy promoted at Lyndhurst Games 

Also part of the Games, the 2017 Accessibility Innovation Showcase will bring together top innovators, investors, local and international dignitaries, government representatives and the public to experience the latest technologies to help improve the lives of Ontarians with disabilities.

The event features innovations from Toronto Rehab’s iDAPT (intelligent Design for Adaptation, Participation and Technology) Lab and its spin-off business ventures in restorative technology (MyndTec) and sleep apnea (BresoTec),  Admission is free at The Sheraton Centre on September 25 and 26. Learn more 

Toronto Rehab is home to the number one rehabilitation research centre in the world and is truly Where Incredible Happens. To ensure that the best proven rehabilitation research, technology and care are available to our patients and the community now and in the future, Toronto Rehab has launched a historic $100-million fundraising campaign. Learn more

In UHN photo Toronto Rehab team involved in athlete categorization for the Invictus Games (L to R): Jamie Young, Marissa Constand, Rebecca Wightman, Sivakumar Gulasingam, Scott Durono, Lara Feasby.