Technical Service at the Paralympic Games

Ottobock is responsible for providing free technical and repair services to Paralympic athletes regardless of the brand of prosthetic, orthotic or wheelchair they use. We have been on hand at every Paralympic Games since Seoul in 1988.

At the Games we set up workshops in the Athletes’ villages and selected venues, supported by a mobile unit. Staffed by world class prosthetists, orthotists and wheelchair technicians, our workshops are fully stocked with spare parts to provide athletes the confidence that their technical and repair service needs will be met quickly and expertly.

Ottobock’s technical service debut was at the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games, where four orthopaedic technician’s from Ottobock Australia set up a small pavilion to provide their services. By the London 2012 Paralympic Games the team had grown to 88 technicians from 19 countries. They worked more than 10,500 hours completing 2,062 repairs for 1,667 athletes from 123 countries.

Always hives of activity, our workshops are often compared to motorsport pit lanes. However, unlike pit mechanics, our technicians service 20 different sports and thousands of athletes, each with equipment fine-tuned to meet their individual needs. They never know what to expect.

The work begins well before the athletes line up to compete for a medal ensuring equipment is in full working order after transportation.

Over the years Ottobock workshops have not only become vital repair hubs for athletes, but also gathering places where Paralympians come to enjoy a cup of coffee and reunite with technicians and friends from previous Games. The main workshop in the heart of the Athletes’ Village is now an established member of the athlete community.

Ottobock’s expertise at the forefront of mobility innovation and service combined with a wealth of knowledge passed on from Games to Games provides Paralympians with the confidence that their technical needs will be understood and expertly repaired. We take care of the technology so that they can focus fully on performance and competition.


Providing athletes the confidence and service needed while competing at the Paralympic Games requires the dedication of an experienced team of world class technicians.

The Ottobock technical service team comprises of specially selected prosthetists, orthotists, wheelchair technicians and welders from around the world.
Here you can meet the members of that team for the for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games from:

Argentina, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Netherlands, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA

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