Monthly Archives: July 2016

How to Train like a World-class Athlete

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Very soon, certain games will be starting in Rio and our proud athletes have only a few short sessions left to finalize their training.  While their training techniques are complex and focused on specific muscle groups dependent on their sport, there are several tips the everyday adaptive athlete can use to improve their fitness regime.  In order to keep you healthy and pursuing your dreams, the EZ-ACCESS team is providing top athlete training tips drawn from professional athlete interviews and quotes:

  1. Schedule – the opportunities are there, but what your body can do when varies. What time of day do you have the most energy to dedicate to a workout?  Maintain a regular weekly schedule or routine to keep yourself on track.
  2. Be positive – whether you have a coach, trainer or are self-motivating, you need to find a way to stay positive in your attitude and pursuit of success. What are your goals and how will you keep looking forward?
  3. Challenge yourself with peers – there are many differences in the challenges disabled athletes experienced in their training. Do you have peers who push you and you push them?  Work out with a group of like-minded athletes with the same goals as you.
  4. Open-minded lifting – situating yourself into the typical lifting machines may be difficult, but keep an open mind. Find the machines that work best for you, continue to focus on maxing out and don’t get discouraged by the inability to use specific machines. Keep looking and you’ll find what works best for you.  The more you try, the more variety you’ll add to your workout.
  5. Adaptive Training – for disabled athletes, training for specific sports must be individual and flexible. What works for a standup athlete will most likely not work for a disabled athlete, so you’ll need to come up with training that mimics able-bodied training without becoming complacent or going too hard and risking injury.

In next week’s blog, see how specific foods and special diets help world-class athletes train harder, and could help you achieve your training goals.  For greater access to your favorite training spots, check out EZ-ACCESS’ large selection of strong, durable portable wheelchair ramps used for transportation and public access!

6 Tips for Keeping Your Children Safe Around Lawn Mowers

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Did you know that roughly 600 children in the United States lose a limb EACH YEAR due to lawnmower accidents. Since we are in the middle of summer and having to mow our lawns every few days, the EZ-ACCESS team wants to make sure you’re practicing excellent lawnmower safety.  Learn how to keep your children safe during this routine chore with these simple tips:

  • Don’t leave the mower running unattended. Shut off the engine if you must walk away, and take the keys with you.
  • Keep children away from any active mower. Lawn equipment can throw up rocks and other debris that may result in broken bones, damaged eyes or even limb loss.
  • The organization Limbs Matter suggests that you keep children inside at all times when you’re mowing the lawn. This is the most effective preventative measure and ensures no unknown movements are encountered with your lawn equipment.
  • From an early age, teach your children to stay away from all running mowers. A mower should be treated like a hot oven—don’t touch it.
  • Don’t let your children ride with you on a riding lawnmower. As fun as it sounds, many times emergency room workers see children come in with injuries to their feet, caused by falling off of the mower they were riding on.
  • Wait until your child is at least 12 years old before letting them mow the lawn. They may not have the strength to maneuver and maintain control until this age.

Practicing lawn mower safety is extremely important.  Please help spread the word by sharing these tips with your loved ones and always lead by example.  If you need to transport your lawnmower, consider using the TRAVERSE Walk Ramp to safely and easily load and unload your heavy lawn equipment!

What NOT to DO When Using a Loading Ramp

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While loading ramps may seem like an easy thing to set up and use, they can be misused. A number of mishaps, such as falls and more serious injuries, can happen when setting up a loading ramp. Luckily, most accidents can be easily avoided by following these simple loading tips, courtesy of EZ-ACCESS.

  • Take it slow and steady.

If you are loading a motor vehicle up the ramp and it refuses to budge no matter how much you push and pull, speeding up is the key. Be careful though, full throttle will not only destroy the vehicle you are handling but also everything in its path.

  • A friend in need is a friend indeed.

There is no shame in asking for help when loading heavy and bulky things. Have another person either helping you load things into the truck or just standing behind you in case you start slipping and going down due to the weight of the object you are handling.

  • Go long.

Steep incline is your biggest enemy when it comes to loading. No matter how much of an expert you are when it comes to loading, if the weather conditions are not in your favor and the loading ramp is wet, there is more chance of slippage during ascent.

  • Load like a pro.

A makeshift ramp made out of some wood planks from the backyard will definitely seem like a hassle-free and cheap solution at first, but there are several fallbacks. They are unstable, extremely slippery and usually cannot sustain a lot of weight. Avoid a trip to the emergency room by getting a metal ramp that can be easily secured.

If you wonder where to find such a ramp, visit EZ-ACCESS or give us a call and we’ll work out a solution that is best for your specific needs.

Top SAFETY TIPS When Using a Loading Ramp

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Moving heavy objects is made easier AND safer by using the appropriate loading ramp, but there are still ways of getting injured if basic safety measures are not taken into consideration. There is nothing we value more than accessibility and safety at EZ-ACCESS, so this month we are sharing some tips on how to stay safe while loading and unloading.

  1. Securing the ramp to the truck can make a big difference when it comes to safety. Secure the loading ramp with a chain, hook or safety straps to make sure it stays in place while you go up and down. On the TRAVERSE Walk Ramp, the safety attachment point is underneath the upper portion of the ramp. Use a strap, chair or rope to attach the ramp to your vehicle or other structure when in use.
  2. The incline should be low and the clearance long. If not a lot of room for the loading ramp is available, try parking your truck in a low spot. By keeping the angle of the ramp as low as possible you are not only easing your access into the truck but also assuring that less throttle will be needed if loading mechanical vehicles.
  3. Stay on the ramp. If the item you are loading is bigger than the loading ramp you are using, consider getting a bigger ramp. It will make loading bulkier items not only much easier but also much safer.
  4. Work with a clean ramp. Take the time to check if your ramp is slippery in places or to clean it if something has spilled. Spending a few minutes cleaning up after yourself can save you from a world of pain caused by heavy equipment falling on you later.
  5. Finally, use common sense. If something seems like a bad and potentially dangerous idea, like going backwards while loading things, it probably is. This counts double when it comes to loading mechanical vehicles. They can easily slip and cause serious injury and damage.

EZ-ACCESS is here for all your loading needs. Contact us for more information on which is the perfect ramp for your needs or take a look at one of our ramp installation videos.

What Type of Loading Ramp Works for Each Application

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There are literally hundreds of loading ramp solutions on the market.  This is why most questions we receive at EZ-ACCESS relate to which ramp works best for each situation.  To make your loading ramp decision easier, the EZ-ACCESS team has identified two questions you should ask yourself when you have a specific loading need.

  1. Why do you need the loading ramp?

Start by determining what your needs are. What will the ramp be used for the most and how often will it be used? Do you need a residential, recreational or industrial ramp? Also, where will it be stored? If you are lacking storage space, consider getting one of our Traverse Singlefold Ramps. They are easy to fold and store after use. Determining these things will help you narrow down your choice from our very large pool of available ramps to just several. You can also use the Ramp Selector Tool on our website to help you make the best choice.

  1. How long does the ramp need to be?

Then establish how long your ramp needs to be. You can use our Incline Calculator to calculate exactly how much room you will need to safely load your things without danger or having too much of an incline.

Choosing the wrong ramp for your needs can be a costly and depending on what you are transporting, a potentially dangerous mistake. Make the right choice and call EZ-ACCESS for all your ramp needs today.