Posted June 13, 2014
Ottobock, Minneapolis, has designed a fitness app with a self-managed workout regimen specifically to support lower-limb prosthesis users. It is now available for free download. Developed by physical and occupational therapists, Ottobock’s “Fitness for Amputees” app is intended to help leg amputees achieve more mobility and to provide professional support for their rehabilitation.
The app offers two sets of eight exercises in the areas of strength and endurance and coordination and balance. The first module demonstrates classic exercises for strength and endurance training without a prosthesis; the goal is strengthening the leg, stomach, back, and arm muscles. The second module focuses on balance and coordination training with the trainee using a prosthesis. The exercises focus on simple movement sequences to help users gain better control over their prosthesis at work, in everyday life, and in their leisure time. Each exercise in the modules has three levels of intensity (easy, normal, and difficult). The modules also contain clear, moving images and easy-to-understand texts to guide users.
The app is easily configured to match a personal training or therapy plan, and special features include user statistics that automatically keep track of progress and optional alarm reminders. In addition, the app is not tied to any specific prosthetic product and doesn’t require users to purchase any special equipment.
The iPhone- and iPad-compatible free download is available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fitness-for-amputees/id864940455?mt=8.