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Amputee Athletes Sport Prosthetic Limbs With An Edge

For avid athletes new to limb loss, participating in competitive sports with a new prosthetic limb can feel challenging and awkward. “Sports after amputation” can seem discouraging at first, but we’re here to let you know that having a prosthesis is a just a different kind of beginning that many athletes from all walks of life have successfully navigated, and even more inspiring: some individuals with limb differences have gone on to become accomplished professional amputee athletes.

Besides The Jordan Thomas Foundation, there are many other worthwhile organizations out there who are eager to extend emotional support and community resources to help make getting back in the game a little easier and less uncertain. Challenged Athletes Foundations, (post link to: http://www.challengedathletes.org)or “CAF,” is one such organization with a goal to provide aspiring amputee athletes with the tools they need to pursue active and healthy lifestyles. CAF advocates for all levels of physical activity as a way to enhance quality of live for everything by providing universal access to physical activity, sports, camps, clinics, and motivation. You can also visit JTF’s Online Resource page (post link to: https://jordanthomasfoundation.org/for-parents/) for other organizations especially for the younger athlete.

Thanks to modern prosthetic limb technology and cutting edge materials, the sky is the limit when it comes to athletes being able to engage in their favorite sports. “Three Sport X-Game Pro” Mike Schultz,(post link to: http://xgames.espn.com/xgames/athletes/3014287/mike-schultz) “Blade Runner” track Olympian Oscar Pistorius, (post link to: https://www.biography.com/people/oscar-pistorius-20910935 ) Paralympic World Champion Kelly Cartwright, (post link to: http://www.kellycartwright.com.au/about-kelly/ ) and NCAA Champion and women’s advocate Aimee Mullens, (post link to: http://abcnews.go.com/US/aimee-mullins-double-amputee-model-athlete-inspiration/story?id=17851813) are all athletes that are pushing the limits of both prosthetics and human spirit. If you haven’t already, you may also enjoy checking out “Bionic Innovator and Rock Climber Supreme” Hugh Herr, (post link to: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/blogs/secretlife/engineering/hugh-herr/) and “Scuba Diving Soldier” Scott Schroeder (post link to: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2017162/Meet-scuba-diving-double-amputee-Scott-Schroeder.html .) The point is, from hockey to motocross, from tennis to golf… limb differences need not prevent anyone with the competitive spirit from taking part in their favorite activities and sports. And in some cases? Dominate.

The secret to change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

In the end, enjoyable participation in athletics after limb loss is not about the prosthetic device, the materials in which it’s made, or even the technology. It comes down to what you think and how you feel. The person looking back at you in the mirror. Interested in sharing your own story? Post it in our forum(link to forum: https://jordanthomasfoundation.org/forums/forum/jordan-thomas-foundation-forum/)

or e-mails us: moderator@jordanthomasfoundation.org

(Sources: Challenged Athletes Foundation & odee.com: http://www.oddee.com/item_98313.aspx )

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