Paralympic archer Dave Phillips has adopted a stimulation system manufactured by Ottobock to allow him to ‘walk normally’ and compete without the use of his wheelchair or mobility scooter.
Phillips, 52, of Cwmbrân, South Wales, has been wearing the L300 Go system on his leg since becoming an Ottobock ambassador following the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The system, which the user wears around the thigh and the top of the calf, stimulates the muscles to lift the foot while walking. This is designed to make walking smoother and ultimately safer.
Phillips, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996, says the L300 Go has made improvements to his everyday life.
He said: “Once it was set up for my needs it was so easy to use. I just get up and go, and I don’t have to worry about my foot catching something as I walk.
“Before, I had to think about where I was going because I wasn’t confident in my walking but now I feel free to explore again, and I can enjoy more quality time with my family.
“The L300 Go is so much better than my previous system. It’s more hi-tech and it gives much better stimulation to my leg. It’s just so nice to walk with confidence.
“It’s important for me to stay active, so choosing to use the L300 Go for help walking rather than opt for my mobility scooter or wheelchair helps me achieve that.
“It has an exercise mode, which can be used when I’m relaxing in a chair or while I am lying in bed, so I use this function daily to help my muscles stay strong.”
Phillips, who has been shooting recurve for Great Britain since 2014 and who represented Team GB at the Rio Paralympics, is still active on the competitive circuit and most recently has qualified to represent Great Britain again at the European Championships in Prague next month.
He said: “The archery is going very well, I won a competition in Cheltenham recently which felt good — almost all competitions in the UK are for able-bodied competitors so it’s especially satisfying to win!”