INTERVIEW WITH VICTOR KONOVALOV
5x National Champion, IFBB Pro Bodybuilder
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you ended up in a wheelchair?
In 1983, I was involved in a motocross accident which paralyzed me. Since my injury/accident, I pursued my college education and completed my B.S. in finance, and a M.Ed. in education along with two teaching credentials. I have worked in the areas of finance and teaching. In addition, I discovered a passion for weight training/bodybuilding and have been successful with winning an unprecedented five National titles and being honored with professional status in bodybuilding. I truly believe that good health will improve the quality of one's life.
How/when did you first hear about the Vicair® Cushion?
It was around the year 2007 when I was first introduced to the Vicair® line of cushions. I wasn't exactly sure how it would work for me but I did know that I needed to find a cushion that could meet my needs. What problems had you been dealing with before you started using your Vicair® cushion? What cushion/cushions were you using at this time? I developed a pressure ulcer on my buttocks which eventually evolved into a stage four wound. At the time I developed the pressure sore I was sitting on a number of different cushions, these included a Roho and a Jay Cushion.
Did you have to adjust the cushion before you started using it? Have you made adjustments since?
When I first received the cushion a made a couple minor adjustments and since then I have not had to make any adjustments whatsoever. The fact that the Vicair® cushions are extremely adjustable to conform to one's needs simply makes this design feature very practical with the utility needed to aid in the healing of a wound.
How long have you been using the Vicair® cushion and have you had any issues or problems with it?
I've had a Vicair® cushion for several years now, and have not experienced any problems with it.
In your mind, what are the biggest advantages of the Vicair® cushion vs. other adjustable medium cushions? Specifically, what other cushions had you tried and what problems did you have with them?
The adjustability with the Vicair® cushion is a tremendous feature. Also, it's very durable, lightweight, and easy to keep clean. I've tried various Roho designs prior to the Vicair®, but found that the Roho wasn't healing my wound. Also, the Roho has a tendency to make you sweat because of its non-porous design. Some other issues I had with it were it loses desired pressure, easily punctures, and doesn't provide the stability that I needed.
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