Mr Ken Ware, the man who helped paraplegic athlete John Maclean to walk again and who is now working with injured rugby league star Alex McKinnon, will be a guest speaker at next week’s Griffith University Cutting Edge Science Conference.
To be held at the Nathan campus on Monday, December 1, and Gold Coast campus on December 2, the conference is a partnership between Griffith and the Department of Education, Training and Employment. It uses workshops, demonstrations and addresses to help teachers and scientific operations officers develop greater confidence, knowledge and skills which can then be conveyed to students.
Founder of the Gold Coast’s International NeuroPhysics Functional Performance Institute, Mr Ware will discuss the scientific basis for his breakthrough program of training and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries.
He recently earned international attention when Australian Paralympian and Hawaiian Ironman Hall of Fame triathlete, John Maclean, began walking again just three days after starting the NeuroPhysics therapy.
Declared a paraplegic 26 years ago, Maclean’s unprecedented recovery marked the first account of a medically defined paraplegic being able to walk again unassisted. He recently added to his athletic accomplishments by completing the 2014 Nepean Triathlon (1km swim, 30km cycle, 10km walk) as an able-bodied athlete.
“The application of NeuroPhysics to acquire a medically measurable recovery from spinal injury is proving quite effective,” says Mr Ware. “To date, several patients have overcome long-term debilitating biological restraints and conditions within minimal timeframes.
“The primary motive of the program is to systematically recalibrate the central nervous system from which significant enhancements to all bodily functions and structures emerge. This involves a multi-disciplinary understanding of the biophysics, biology and psychology involved with the human nervous system as it interacts with its environment.”
Mr Ware will be joined at Cutting Edge Science by world-renowned sports physiotherapist Mr Victor Popov, who has worked with Olympic and world champions and is now an integral part of the NeuroPhysics team.
Ken Ware: December 1 (Nathan); December 2 (Gold Coast). 10am each day.
Victor Popov: December 1 at 2.30pm (Nathan); December 2 at 11.45am (Gold Coast).