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By Karen Henry

Last month, I attended my sixth American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly, and there seemed to be some real momentum building among O&P professionals. I spoke with more practitioners, technicians, fitters, and O&P assistants who were excited to be learning and motivated to build on their credentials than I have at any previous Assembly. People didn't just say, "Yeah, the sessions are pretty good," they talked specifically about what they had learned and the cool things they had done and seen. At a time when the healthcare landscape is on the cusp of potentially transformational change, it was heartening to see the O&P profession so energized.

Look for our full AOPA conference wrap in the November issue of The O&P EDGE.

A different kind of momentum was building across the pond at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. This summer, the Paralympic Games took the world by storm, breaking just about every record possible—not only in terms of athletic achievement but also in terms of media coverage and online interest. The Games were broadcast in more than 100 countries, and between August 29 and September 9, nearly 2 million people visited www.paralympic.org, according to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). "Day one of competition saw more visitors to the [Paralympic] site than the whole of the Beijing Games," the IPC said.

Check out our Paralympic coverage, and be sure to read "Grassroots Paralympic Programs: Building a More Active Patient Base from the Ground Up" to find out how you can keep the Paralympic spirit alive every year.

Thanks for reading.

—Karen Henry

Congratulations to Our AOPA Prize Winners!

The O&P EDGE would like to congratulate Carey Glass, CPO, Allied O&P, New Jersey, as the winner of the Kindle Fire in our grand prize drawing. We'd also like to congratulate those who won $50 Amazon.com gift cards, stadium seats, Boston Red Sox hats, and EDGE goodies as part of AOPA's Hit a Home Run exhibit hall game.