Leave It on the Ice – Amputee Hockey

Amputee HockeyThere is nothing like the sheer competitiveness and exhilaration of hockey, or being a hockey player. No other sport comes close to it – combining the ease of gliding and lightning-fast passes with the heart-pumping percussion of body checks and slamming against the boards.  Where else would you see fans cheering the sweaty player in the penalty box or raucously sharing in the adrenaline of a gloves-off fight on the ice? No wonder hockey players wear their scars proudly as badges of honor. Once hockey is in your blood, it is there to stay; once a hockey player, always a hockey player. Continue reading “Leave It on the Ice – Amputee Hockey”

Shred It!

Amputee SnowboardingThe exhilaration of carving up a slope, air, shredding – if snowboarding was part of your life before you lost a limb, what now?  What once seemed so natural might now look like a nearly impossible task. How will you keep a prosthetic leg in place while rushing down a hill at over 20 miles an hour? How will your limb difference affect your balance? What if you are a double amputee? There’s good news. Amputee snowboarding is not only possible, you can be as competitive as your drive and ability take you. If you missed this video in our earlier post, check out this amputee snowboarder for some inspiration. Continue reading “Shred It!”

Are Your Snow Legs Ready?

Amputee AthleticsFrozen lakes, snow covered mountains, woods transformed into a frosted wonderland – what are you waiting for? We’re well into the winter season in New England and it’s time to get outside and seize the snow!  Whether you are a novice or an expert athlete, a prosthetic limb (or two) should be the last thing holding you back from doing what you love. Winter sports for amputees have come a long way as have the quality and fit of prostheses. In fact, many amputees are pleasantly surprised when they find they can participate in the same activities they enjoyed before at an intensity only limited by their individual drive and desire.  Whether you want to ski, skate, snowshoe, play sled hockey, or tackle any other winter sport, a little knowledge and proper preparation can put you on the fast track to winter fun. With the right fit and the proper equipment and training, you’ll navigate the snow, ice, and those crazy inclines with ease. (Want some inspiration? Check out the way this snowboarder masters the slopes.)

Here are just a few of our favorite winter sports along with tips and links on how to get training and support to take you to the next level. For more information, download our free guide to competing in adaptive sportsContinue reading “Are Your Snow Legs Ready?”