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How about work out with a barbell or shoot a bow and arrow? For these activities and many others, two-handedness offers advantages over purely unilateral function. If you are already good with just one hand, think about the possibilities of twohanded performance. The extra power and control that can be generated and the reduction of unusual and undue stresses on the torso musculature and spine are important. Prosthetic socket technology has improved significantly in the last 20 years. An intimate “interface” that allows the prosthesis to feel like a real part of your body makes rigorous sports activities possible. I understand that some individuals with a hand absence view a prosthesis as an unnatural foreign object, but as modern humans we rely on modern technology to restore or enhance our performance all the time. Consider contact lenses, glasses, hearing aids and the plethora of purely athletic footwear and garments we accept and adopt in the

pursuit of better performance. Prostheses are just tools that enable us to enhance our lives and be more productive and perform better. So what do you want to do? In the last 10 years, we have generated prosthetic accessories for an ever-widening range of activities. Walter Reed Army Medical Center approached us with some unique challenges related to injured soldiers wanting to return to a more active lifestyle using an arm prosthesis. The new state-of-theart rehabilitation programs for amputees at Walter Reed and Brooke Army Medical Center have raised the bar for amputee activities and performance. Kayaking and rifle shooting were incorporated into the programs, and those demands resulted in the development of the Hammerhead Kayak TD (terminal device) and the Lamprey Gun Turret prosthetic accessory. Both devices have proven to be effective solutions for both soldiers and civilians with hand absence. The TRS staff is pleased to produce and provide these unique solutions to individuals wanting to get back

into sports or to just get out and enjoy recreation with their families. What about ball sports like basketball? A young man named Will Mills visited us many years ago along with his family. They had conceived of a basketball prosthetic accessory. Will had lost his hand in an explosive accident and was anxious to return to his favorite sport. The prototype was crude and somewhat fragile, but it was functional. I watched in amazement as Will dribbled and handled the ball as well as a two-handed person. We took on the challenge of perfecting that design, and one year later, we had developed the Mill’s REBOUND Basketball hand. Then, a little over a year ago, I met Hector Picard. Hector had a survived a severe electrical injury resulting in bilateral hand absence. He had lost his arm close to the shoulder on one side and below the elbow on the other. Hector loves basketball and created a unique device to handle the ball with just his prostheses because he has no other option. His design led to the birth of the HOOPSTER basketball TD that we MARCH 2013  Amp it up! magazine


Amp It Up! Vol. 2 Issue 2  
Amp It Up! Vol. 2 Issue 2  

The Health & Lifestyle Magazine for Amputees Who Want to Live More Fully