Film ID: YFA 5285 Video of FROM A WHEELCHAIR 1977 Visitor TabsDescription This film shows the work of the Lodge Moor Spinal Unit Sports Club, Sheffield. Users of the centre are shown doing rehabilitation activities and playing sports. The film emphasis the high level of competition that many users have reached, showing some participating in the 1977 International Stoke Mandeville Games. The film begins showing a weight lifter and javelin and shot-put throwers in action, before revealing that each athlete is in a wheelchair. Title – From a Wheelchair The story of Lodge Moor Spinal Unit Sports Club, Sheffield. As the commentator describes the regular Wednesday sports sessions, more activities by ex-patients in wheelchairs are seen, including table tennis. Michael Shelton and Peter Haslam, winners of world championships at international paraplegic competitions, are playing snooker. As the commentary gives an account of spinal injuries, shoppers are shown in Sheffield city centre, followed by some reconstructions of how injuries can be incurred. Then, as the commentary explains the work of Lodge Moor Hospital, a patient arrives by ambulance. The patient is lifted onto a bed by nurses. A surgeon examines some x rays of injured spines. The patient is then turned in the bed by nursing staff. Another patient uses spring arm exercisers. He then puts his trousers on while still lying on the bed, and after, gets himself off the bed and into a wheelchair. Other activities, such as cooking, are being undertaken in the Occupational Therapy Unit. Other patients are making things in the craft room, while in the gym exercises are being carried out to improve fitness and mobility. The commentary notes that more and more activities are being tried out, one being basketball, showing a game taking place. We are informed that this has led to the setting up of the sports club. Ex-patient Cyril Thomas explains the idea of the club. A rehabilitation officer, Ted Goddard, is also interviewed about the work of the club. The club committee, including the Chairman John Merril, are seen in discussion. Other facilities are shown being used, including a swimming pool and a bowling green. The Visitors’ Lounge and Day Room is shown being opened in June 1977, funded by the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service. A man practises table tennis using an automatic ball thrower. The film moves on to the annual games for the north of England, with bowls, basketball, fencing and archery. The international games are held at Stoke Mandeville Sports Stadium in 1977. Here we see some of the discus and weight lifting events, with a record breaking lift by the British competitor. The film ends with various wheelchair sportsmen and women receiving prizes. Title – Directed by Tony Trafford Produced by Mottershaw Commercial Films, Sheffield Context This is a fascinating film warning that anyone can get a spinal injury, and showing how sports can help the work of rehabilitation. It was made at a time when those with any disability wishing to participate in sports had a much lower public profile. With the help of volunteers these users of Lodge Moor Spinal Unit Sports Club are able to get their specific needs met. We see wheelchair users playing a wide variety of sports and competing in the Stoke Mandeville Games in 1977. Lodge Moor Hospital in Sheffield first opened in 1888, and started treating spinal injuries in 1954, before the hospital closed in 1994, with the spinal injuries units moving to the Northern General Hospital. The Sheffield Wheelchair Sports Club now also meets at the Northern General, as does a spin-off, Steelers Wheelchair Basketball Club which was founded in 1987 by a handful of ex-patients. This has gone on to build a worldwide reputation. The International Stoke Mandeville Games (now renamed the IWAS Games) began life in 1943 when Ludwig Guttmann set up a Spinal Injuries Unit to treat soldiers and civilians injured during World War II. The first games took place in 1948, kickstarting paraplegic sport.