Sports & Recreation
There are no boundaries today that limit the possibilities for pursuing an active and fulfilling lifestyle
The development of prosthetic devices for use in sports and recreational activities has been extensive. Prostheses today can be custom made specific to the activity the user wishes to be involved in. Whether you are an athlete or a casual recreational participant, there are products available to suit your needs. Both upper and lower extremity amputees have an array of options to choose from. Discussing these options with your prosthetist is essential to ensure you receive the correct advice and information in order to reach your full potential. There are many products on the market that are activity specific. So whether you are looking for a device that can be used for water or recreation specific use, in most cases there is a solution to meet your requirements. Listed below are some examples of products for activities amputees are readily involved in.
Running feet come in a variety of designs and configurations. Some feet come complete with a toe and a heel section and others the toe section only, which are commonly known as 'blades'. Blade designs are generally used by individuals for sprinting or running in a continuous motion for extended periods of time and do not require heel contact. Running feet that utilise a heel are well suited for general sports that may include gym work, basketball or tennis for example.
Many above and below knee amputee's request limbs that are suited to water based activities. This can range from a limb needed for showering, a swimming prosthesis to be used at the pool or the beach or may simply be a device to be used for fishing. These designs can be manufactured with or without a cosmetic cover. Hybrid prostheses are now available to allow the individual to use the one limb for both water-based and everyday use. The new Aqualeg is an example of a cover that can be used in a hybrid design. The Aqualeg is designed and manufactured based on 3D imaging and custom fitted to the prosthesis, which incorporates suitable waterproof components.
Upper limb activities
The sport and activity based devices available today for an upper limb amputee is considerable. Much of this has been attributed to the work by Bob Radocy from TRS. As an upper limb amputee himself, he has created a vast range of attachments suited to most recreational and sporting activities. Both adults and children now have many products to choose from and finding a device to suit their desired activities has never been easier. Below are some examples of the many activities readily pursued by all ages.
Other activities for lower limb
There are many other recreational sports that are not necessarily specific to running or water activities. Some of these may include golf, outdoor hiking, skiing, strength training at the gym, cycling or even dancing. Torsion and shock absorbing adaptors can be advantageous for some of these activities. Their intended use is to minimise stress forces in the socket to accommodate torsion or twisting motion experienced in golf for example. Shock absorbing devices help eleviate impact forces associated with jumping or high load stress activities. Some devices provide both torsion and shock capability. The Fillauer DuraShock and Endolite ttpro are two examples of this type of device. Products are available to choose from for all of these activities, so it is important to discuss with your prosthetist your needs and requirements in order to determine the most suitable prosthetic design.
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