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A Beginner’s Guide to Amputee Running: Above-Knee Suspension

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

During a run, you want your complete focus on your performance, so you wouldn’t want anything to hinder you from giving it your all. Another essential component of your prosthetic running system is the suspension. And the only way to ensure optimal performance is to select a secure suspension system that fits you well.

An above-knee mannequin amputee wears an above-knee suspension belt which can be used for prosthetic running.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Amputee Running: Prosthetic Running Knees

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Each component of a prosthetic running leg contributes to your overall performance as an amputee runner. A prosthetic running knee offers strong rotation hydraulics allowing it to maintain the same high stride rates as your sound side. The faster you run, the higher your stride rate, and the more your prosthetic running knee has to work to keep up.

An illustrated AK amputee runner shows off his running prosthetic knee.

 

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How to Build an Amputee Survival Kit - A Complete Checklist

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

An amputee survival kit is your collection of products and tools that keep you comfortable and mobile. It should also be easy to carry around since you can’t afford to be caught empty-handed in a prosthetic emergency.

Layout of several items needed to build an amputee survival kit.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Amputee Running: Prosthetic Running Feet 

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Getting the right running foot that fits your needs, as well as the requirements of the sport, is important. 

There are several running feet available for different types of running, such as distance running and sprinting. So, you need to be clear on which category of running you want to do.

A bilateral below knee amputee using running blades.

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Paraclimbing World Champions Are an Inspiration to Aspiring Adaptive Climbers

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

We all need someone to look up to and learn from, especially when we are trying to achieve something challenging. When it comes to sports, especially para-athletics, inspiration, and role models can help motivate us to keep pushing forward. 

Thierry Delarue, an adaptive climber from France, scaling up a wall during the IFSC 2019 Paraclimbing World Championships.

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