Magazine article Risk Management

A New View

Magazine article Risk Management

A New View

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Last December, nine injured students from Columbine high school joined other participants at The Hartford Ski Spectacular, the nation's largest winter sporting challenge for people with disabilities. The annual event, sponsored by The Hartford and conducted by Disabled Sports USA, offers those recovering from catastrophic injuries a new look at the world and their abilities by teaching them to ski the snowy peaks of Simsbury, Connecticut.

"Mastering a complicated move or simply skiing down a beginner slope can be a critical turning point for someone learning to live with a disability and moving on with their lives, hopes and dreams," explains Carol Harnett, a physiologist in sports medicine and director of Wellness and Ability Management for The Hartford. According to Harnett, participating in sports after a catastrophic injury can be a powerful rehabilitation tool. Learning or relearning a sport can empower a critically injured person with new hope, confidence and self-esteem.

Each year, professional disabled athletes encourage attendees to take that first step toward renewal at the Ski Spectacular. …

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