Who 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.
My training schedule leading up to the paralympic trials was really intense. I was on the track fivedays a week and did many different variations of sprints. My sprints were all based around speed, endurance andtechnique.
In order to prepare I did double of every workout I was supposed to be doing. If I was supposed todo 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”→
There 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”→
The 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!”→
Frozen 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.)
Muji Karim, a double amputee and avid runner discusses and shares insight into how he started running again as a new amputee. Muji shares his insight on how others can achieve their goals of competing in high-level adaptive sports.
“My advice for any amputee who is getting started in adaptive sports and doesn’t have his or her sports-specific prosthetics yet would be too just get started. You can begin basic strength and conditioning training on your own and don’t need a running leg or other prosthetics to get your body in shape. In most cases, you can begin training on your own and you will notice a big difference once you start to become more adjusted in your new legs or arms.”
The 2016 Paralympic Games will take place from September 7 – 18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is being called, “A once-in-a-lifetime experience to witness unimaginable athletic performances.” The 2016 Games are set to be the biggest yet with more than 4,300 athletes competing in 22 sports.
As part of the global media coverage reaching billions of views in more than hundred countries, NBC and NBCSN will show 66 hours of amazing Paralympic events. This represents an increase of 60.5 hours from the coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and more interest by viewers around the world than ever.
Largest Paralympics in History
Rio will host the largest ever Paralympic Games, with athletes from over 170 countries competing in more than 20 sports ranging from archery and judo to sitting volleyball and wheelchair fencing.
There couldn’t be a better time to live in or travel to New England than the fall. The season lifts the spirits of New Englanders who know that snow and cold are on their way, and also draws in thousands of tourists from across the country. Visitors and residents all enjoy changing leaves, crisp autumn air, festivals, and pumpkin picking.
Fall is also the perfect time to enjoy a scenic hike. Here is a list of the best New England hikes for amputees to get you started on finding the perfect trail for your next outdoor adventure:
For amputees who enjoy adventure biking, the Bartlett Tendon Universal Knee System delivers “more power to the pedal.” It’s a huge breakthrough for amputee cyclists, especially on hills and rough terrain. The Bartlett Tendon Knee System prosthesis or “BTK” was designed to be used in extreme environments. It mimics the natural movement of a human knee and can be easily adjusted depending on the trail and the rider.
According to the manufacturer, Fabtech Systems, the smooth action of the BTK is “accomplished by the combination of the newest generation 4.2 Monarch air/oil Rock Shox unit and a patented multi-durometer elastic tendon configuration. This technology works together to provide a muscle-driven system that delivers smooth, consistent energy return and unique user feedback.”
Powerful, Smooth Action
For the amputee cyclist, this provides much smoother action on the bike and the ability to stand up and pedal as they would with full use of the quadriceps muscles. This provides a level of activity that was not possible for above-knee amputees before the Bartlett Tendon. Now, even the most adventurous amputees can get the control, stability, and power they need to go the extra mile – even if it is over rocks or through mud!