Early days of the Paralympics Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann CBE FRS In September 1943 Dr Guttmann was asked if he would like to take charge of the Spinal Injuries Unit at Stoke Mandeville. He wanted to implement his own theories on how best to treat patients who had paraplegia. Rehabilitation through sport was his method and so out of this competitions were held. The competitions grew bigger and bigger into full Paralympic Games. Read more about Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann and the beginning of the Paralympic movement.