Maintaining Your Prosthesis in Spring Rain, Sleet, and Mud

Maintaining Your Prosthesis in Spring Rain, Sleet, and Mud

wet weatherIf you have a prosthetic limb, you know the challenges that come with daily wear under the best of circumstances. With the advent of spring, though, you and your prosthesis will be faced with weather of every sort – rain, snow and sleet, and, everyone’s favorite — the ever-present mud. What precautions should you take? Maintaining your prosthesis to ensure both you and your prosthetic limb will weather the weather is very doable. Whether or not you have a waterproof prosthesis, you don’t have to (nor should you) stay indoors; conquer whatever spring throws at you with a few simple steps:

Prosthetic socks are your best friend. Take good care of them, so they can take good care of you. Be aware of changes in limb volume due to weather conditions or exercise and be prepared to compensate (this blog post on summer activities provides additional tips). If your sock becomes soiled, excessively wet, or muddy don’t wait to change it and clean the socket.  Continue reading “Maintaining Your Prosthesis in Spring Rain, Sleet, and Mud”

2017 Spring and Summer Events for Veterans

Spring is finally here with summer not far behind.

adaptive golf cartWhether you are a veteran looking for a new job challenge, a chance to celebrate, or fun in the sun with fellow vets, we’ve compiled some our favorite veterans events for the warm, sunny months ahead.

Job Searching?

Get in front of employers with these veteran job fairs.

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Spring Sports for Amputees

veteran amputee golfWho isn’t psyched for longer days, warmer temperatures, and the chance to get back out there and enjoy our favorite spring sports and activities? It’s also a great way to connect with other athletes and enjoy the camaraderie of taking on challenges together. If you’re ready to explore something new or are a more recent amputee ready to get active, you probably have some questions about your options, what you’ll need, and where you can go to find the resources and programs that are just right for you. To help, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite resources with the information and sports activities guaranteed to help get athletes at any level back on the field.

Disabled Sports USA has valuable information on many diverse sports – both the popular and a little off the beaten path (Boccia anyone?). This is a great place to start with questions on what to expect and what preparation/equipment you will need. Be sure to check out adaptive sport locations here.

Adaptive Sports New England is dedicated to encouraging more participation in sports among youth and those with visual or mobility challenges. Here you’ll find a regional calendar with events ranging from basketball to archery. Want to get inspired? Check out this page of New England athletes who competed for Team USA in the 2016 Paralympics. Continue reading “Spring Sports for Amputees”

Veteran Marine On Why He Chose Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics

I chose Next Step as my prosthetics provider after receiving a list of options that I have in the area. Setting up appointments, coming into the clinics, meeting the staff, and really trying to figure out the best option for me as far as my prosthetics. I knew this was going to be a long road and that this is not a decision that I should be making lightly. Fortunately, I picked Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, which has been the best thing I’ve done for my medical needs since I’ve gotten home by far. Continue reading “Veteran Marine On Why He Chose Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics”

How I Trained For Paralympic Sprinting – Muji Karim

My training schedule leading up to the paralympic trials was really intense. I was on the track five days a week and did many different variations of sprints. My sprints were all based around speed, endurance and technique.

In order to prepare I did double of every workout I was supposed to be doing. If I was supposed to do 8, I would do 16 an if others did 5, I would do 10. This is because I know a lot of guys who I was competing against have had 5, 10 even 20 years in these in these prosthetics. For me to get where I wanted to be, when I wanted to be there, I needed to do much more. Continue reading “How I Trained For Paralympic Sprinting – Muji Karim”

Diving With One Leg – Amputee Diving

When I was in college, I started studying history and by my end of my freshman year, I narrowed my focus more in conservation and environmental science. As I made the transition into environmental science, I also began a minor in organismic and evolutionary biology as a secondary field.

I took a course on in invertebrate biology with two wonderful professors at Harvard and the course included a trip to Panama. We went during spring break and I did a lot of reed biology research and snorkeling. On the last day of our trip, we were scheduled to go diving. I’ve never dove before and I was really excited and also a little nervous. However, I went to the class and did a diving exploration and I got hooked. Continue reading “Diving With One Leg – Amputee Diving”

Training for Paralympics – Muji Karim

It never crossed my mind that I wouldn’t be on the 2016 USA Paralympics team.  It honestly never ever crossed my mind at all that it wouldn’t happen.

Everything that I have been known for since my accident is about picking yourself up. After many of my disappointments or not making the cut I’ve made adjustments and got back up. That’s always the next step for me. Continue reading “Training for Paralympics – Muji Karim”

An Open Letter to Veteran Amputees Just Living Their Lives: You Don’t Have to Climb Mt. Everest to be Our Hero

veteran amputee The media loves stories of veterans who take on an enormous goal after being wounded in combat. The spotlight shines brightly on heroic feats such as climbing the world’s tallest mountains, running across a whole state or even the entire country, or competing in the Paralympics. We admit, we love these stories too. These tales, and the warriors within them, are inspirational. They give us something to shoot for; a reason to feel like everything’s going to be okay, and that anything is possible. Continue reading “An Open Letter to Veteran Amputees Just Living Their Lives: You Don’t Have to Climb Mt. Everest to be Our Hero”

Amputee Veteran Trains to Become A Firefighter

I always thought it was a long shot for me to be in the fire department.   There wasn’t many times in my life that I felt pity for myself or felt that I couldn’t do something but in that context of having to put myself socially back into society as well as physically,  I didn’t know how that would work.   That’s when I said,  ‘you’re gonna try this.   I haven’t done anything yet that I haven’t been able to do.  I can do anything that anybody else can do.  I just have to find a different way to do it  sometimes.’  Continue reading “Amputee Veteran Trains to Become A Firefighter”