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Of Tennis Balls, Walkers and Alternatives

Posted Mar 15 2011 9:00am
Certainly you have noticed people with walkers who use tennis balls for braking and stability. Turns out there's a better way.

NOVA, a supplier of independent living products has created a web site to educate people on the dangers of using tennis balls on the bottom of walkers. And they have ted it to a contest. NOVA will reward one person that kicks the tennis ball habit with $1000 and a mobility makeover.

“I’ve got nothing against tennis balls – on the court or at the dog park!” says NOVA CEO, Sue Chen. "Tennis balls on walkers are unsafe, unsanitary and unattractive. They pick up and track germs, they make the walker unstable, they actually add to the wear and tear on the walker, and they are a disrespect to the person using the walker.” OK tell me how you really feel!

Of course they have a better way. They created a product called Walker Skis, small grey, plastic pieces that resemble very short skis and fit on the legs of most walkers. 

The contest runs through July 31. Participants submit photos or video getting the tennis balls off of their walkers and are entered to win $1,000 and a mobility makeover. 

I have to admit to being mystified about tennis balls on walkers. This new product seems cumbersome but who knows. If anyone has used these new walker gadgets please comment on this blog.

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