Winter is here and I though it would be good time to write about winter prosthetic sport options. With a background in the ski industry having fit ski boots for the last 20 odd years, and now working with amputees who like to take part in winter sport i could not think of a more exciting time with all the emerging technology for extreme and winter sport. This article will try and provide brief information on some of the extreme winter sport knees currently on the market.
This incredible “b-peg” prosthesis, which has been two years in the making and cost around €12,000 to build, came about when Zaal teamed up with mechanical designer and part-time snowboard instructor LiangTi Tan, who he met in 2008. Once they’d joined forces with Boers & Co, a business specialising in precision mechanics that agreed to sponsor the project, things really got underway.
What’s revolutionary about this particular snowboard prosthesis is the asymmetrical parallelogram that connects the knee with the ankle. In layman’s terms, this means that Zaal is able to keep his balance when snowboarding. Existing prostheses usually have a fixed ankle joint or one with limited movement, with the result that it’s very difficult to maintain balance when doing linked turns or carving – both pretty key manoeuvres for boarders to master.
“The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of snowboarding with the b-peg is the feeling that it’s not the prosthetic, but my own snowboarding skills that are holding me back,” Zaal says.
“That gives me a tremendous feeling of freedom.”
Tan has also integrated a Step-In system, allowing Zaal to both step into the board binding and take it off with minimal effort.
The BTK is the only knee that integrates the use of a proprietary soft and hard tendon system combined with the newest air/oil shock technology on the market. This muscle driven combination increases feedback and gives the user a unique, natura,l smooth action feel that cannot be replicated by other knees.
the BTK meets and exceeds military requirements! The BTK knee is manufactured utilizing super light weight CNC machined 6061 T aircraft aluminum, stainless steel and aircraft grade sealed bearings. All aluminum parts are anodized to military spec. “Mil-A-8625 Type 3 Class 2” that gives the knee unit incredible strength and durability.
The Ottobock ProCarve skiing prosthesis provides targeted support for ambitious athletes in their individual alpine winter sports. Designed especially for skiing, this high-activity sports prosthesis has integrated, high-performance dampers control the flexion and extension movements for users with an above- or below-knee amputation. ProCarve is also suitable for other sports, such as wakeboarding, snowboarding and water-skiing.
Going down the mountain freestyle, whether in powder or on prepared pistes – with ProCarve there are almost no limits.
The Moto Knee was developed to be a specific high impact multisport knee with extension assist and flexion resistance, which mimics the action of your quadricep muscles when engaged. Because of this, it is not an ideal walking leg for everyday use.
-Motocross -Downhill/cross-country skiing
-Jet Ski -Horseback riding
-Wake/snow/skate board -ATV
-Downhill mtn. bike -Waterskiing
-Weight training -And much more
-High stability knee
Keeogo™ is a motorized walking assistive device worn on the lower body that provides you with the leg power you need to keep on going throughout your day. The device’s adjustable motorized power complements your own muscle strength, allowing you to manage your body movements more effectively so that you can do the things you want to do. Its slim, non-intrusive design provides strength, stability, security and the ability to move in a normal, unrestricted manner. For more information please consult www.keeogo.com
“All of our children wanted the Bespoke Brace,” Stanford University medical doctor James Policy, who worked with 3D Systems testing the brace, said in a statement. “We had a small 3D printed scale model of the brace on my desk. Once the children saw this, they all wanted one. I’ve never seen children respond so positively to a brace. It was so cool that once they were fitted, many were showing the brace off to their friends.”
The fact that the patients liked the brace is important. Since scoliosis braces can be uncomfortable or embarrassing to young adults, they often don’t wear them when they should and that could lead to serious spinal problems later on.
The 3D printing and design company on Monday released its plans for a scoliosis brace that is devised to be sleek and comfortable. Dubbed “Bespoke,” the 3D-printed brace can be personalized to the backs of children and young adults who have the condition.
“The main goal of this is to combine fashion, design, and technology to create a brace far more appealing to patients, and, as a result, far more effective medically,” 3D Systems Bespoke designer Scott Summit told CNET.
Let Biodesign Prosthetics & Orthotics help you create a Bespoke Scoliosis Brace. Call now for an appointment!
Toe walking is a pattern of walking where by the child is up on the ball of their feet with no heel contact. Idiopathic toe walking is when a child walks on the balls of their feet for an unknown reason. Idiopathic toe walking is a term used in an otherwise healthy child who has been evaluated by their Doctor and no medical reason has been identified. A custom designed Ankle Foot Orthotic(AFO) with and articulated ankle is a non-invasive treatment for Idiopathic toe walking. These AFO’s allow for near normal ambulation and fits into most footwear. With Idiopathic toe walkers the child tends to be on there toes when walking or running, this prolonged downward position of the foot can allow calf muscles to contract and tighten over time causing future range of motion issues which may need to be treated with serial casting or surgical lengthening procedures. Contact Biodesign Prosthetics & Orthotics to see what we can do for your child.