Nathan's Story

Category: Nathan's Story

Nathan Stephens is a 25 year old Paralympic athletic who recently represented Great Britain in the London 2012 games. N_Stephens_412_low_ressmall.jpgOn his ninth birthday Nathan had both legs amputated after an accident on a railway line. This accident has never stopped him from aspiring to achieve his personal goals.

While competing at the Paralympic World Championships Nathan went on to win gold and followed this by breaking the world record F-57 javelin throw at the Czech Athletics Open. Nathan is now in training for the 2013 World Championships, building towards qualifying for a place at the Rio Olympics 2016.

Invacare have supported Nathan with a Küschall K-series, however he required some additional support to help maintain a stable seating position. Nathan has a slight pelvic obliquity due to his hind quarter amputation; to compensate Nathan has a tendency to naturally shift his weight to the left side of his body. Overtime this has resulted in Nathan using his offset muscle groups to regain his midline posture causing a slight discomfort in his lower back.


After considering the vast range of pressure relieving and positioning cushions available from Invacare the New Vicair Academy Active cushion has been selected for Nathan to trial as it provides the comfort and optimal positioning needed at an extremely low product weight of around 700 grams.

This cushion has been specifically designed for active people to make full use of their wheelchairs in everyday life. The front of the Active is made of ergonomically shaped foam allowing for stability and easier transfer with the rear comprising of three air-filled Smart Cell compartments that provide extreme levels of comfort and stability.


The cushion has proved perfect for Nathan as additional air cells were easily added to the left side of the cushion to support the loading behind his left residual limb. Nathan’s posture immediately improved with his obliquity taking the pressure from his left side resulting in a stable midline.

“After sitting on the new Vicair Active cushion it definitely feels more comfortable and is helping me maintain a correct posture” explains Nathan.

To further enhance his midline posture and offer additional comfort and support, a Matrx MX1 carbon fibre back was fitted to his chair.

These assessments took place over the summer in time for his wedding to fiancée Charlene in August 2013. Nathan astonished wedding guests as he swopped his Küschall for a pair of prosthetic legs and danced with his bride for the first time. Invacare’s specialist rehab team continue to monitor his ongoing posture requirements.

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The Vicair principle

Each Vicair® cushion is filled with hundreds of air-filled SmartCells™. These flexible cells have a low friction level when in contact with each other. This allows them to constantly adapt and conform to the body’s contours, creating excellent pressure relief. The cells are placed in strategically placed compartments, providing stability, optimal positioning and balance for every user.

To view the complete Vicair range click here.