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The Adaptive Sports of Summer

From mountains to sea, intrepid amputees are getting active everywhere. Taking up an outdoor activity during summer can be a great way to experience improved overall health and wellness.

Hunter Woodhall Gets Back to Business

Hunter Woodhall Gets Back to Business

When COVID put the Paralympics on hold, amputee athlete Hunter Woodhall didn’t need long to figure out how to rechannel his energy. He launched a new company. And he didn’t worry about the stuff he couldn’t control.


1st Person: My First 10K as an Amputee

We got a lot of positive feedback last month on Angie Heuser’s first-person story about learning to surf. So we asked her if we could share another episode from her life — this time about the trials of her first 10K race post-amputation. Both articles come from her blog, Stepping Out in Faith. Thanks, Angie,...


Exercise May Help Fight Depression in Seniors

Kinesiologists at McMaster University have found that physical activity may help fight depression in seniors by stimulating muscle-generated mood boosters. The findings, published in the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology, reveal that the underlying mechanisms that make us feel good when we exercise persist into old age and highlight the importance of staying active. “A...


Amputation Level Affects Child’s Physical, Sports Function

Sports and physical functioning of children with amputations were significantly worse after amputations near the knee when compared with ankle-level amputations, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Researchers considered whether children with amputations have differences in subjective function based on amputationlevel and whether children with more...


Female Double Amputee Plans to Complete NYC Full Marathon

Brazilian athlete and bilateral lower-limb amputee Adriele Silva, 31, looks forward to crossing the finish line at mile 26.2 of the 2018 TCS New York City (NYC) Marathon on Sunday, November 4. “I hope to inspire people when they see me run and challenge them to go after things that seem unachievable,” said Silva, who...


San Diego Triathlon Challenge Weekend Scheduled for October 19-21

As part of the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s (CAF’s) 25th anniversary celebration, the 2018 Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) weekend will be held from October 19-21 in La Jolla, California. The weekend will culminate with Sunday’s title event, which features a one-mile ocean swim, 44-mile bike ride, and ten-mile run. “This day brings...


New Prosthetic Ankle Adapts to Rough Terrain and Stairs

Sasser tests the prosthetic ankle. Photograph courtesy of Vanderbilt University. The Vanderbilt University lab of Michael Goldfarb, PhD, has completed testing of a smart prosthetic ankle that can respond to varying terrain and stairs. The ankle’s motor, actuator, sensors, and chip work together to either conform to the surface the foot is contacting or remain...


Adaptive Sports Festival Scheduled for June 21-24

The fourth annual Angel City Games will be held June 21-24 at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). The event will offer five adaptive sports competitions, five sports clinics, an awards gala, a family cookout, a celebrity wheelchair basketball game, a fun zone for kids, and more.   Image by Chris Brooks Photography. Launched in 2015 and sanctioned by Adaptive Sports USA, Angel City...


OPAF Names Champion Triathlete Director of First Swim

Costa, right, with a First Swim participant. Photograph courtesy of OPAF. The Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) named Mabio Costa to the role of First Swim Director. Costa, who has a congenital transtibial amputation, is a prosthetic technician with Prosthetic Orthotic Associates in Orlando, Florida. He has been a First Swim instructor since 2011,...

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