OPAF and The First Clinics

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A participant learns how to get up from the ground after a fall, with the aid of an instructor. Photographs courtesy of OPAF.

First Stride and First Things First Training and Clinic

A First Stride and First Things First Training and Clinic was held July 30 at the Brian Center of Durham, North Carolina. The event was hosted by LimBionics of Durham. A morning clinic for therapists and adaptive recreation professionals covered outcome measures, K-levels, and prosthetic feet and knees and their capabilities. Attendees at the morning session also had the opportunity to earn continuing education credits for the falls and recovery section that was held. More than 35 people attended the afternoon clinic that was held for people with lower-limb loss and therapists, during which they were taught exercises to build core strength and improve their conditioning and a section on how to fall and recover from a fall.

Wheelchair Tennis Training and Clinic

From left: Butorac, Frank Adams, and Lipsky.

The final wheelchair tennis training and clinic for the 2016 season was held August 21 as one of the kickoff events for the Winston-Salem Open Tennis Tournament in North Carolina. Instructor Frank Adams led the clinic with his brother, Mark Adams, who participated in the 1980 Olympics as a runner and coach. The morning session was highlighted by the participation of Association of Tennis Professionals tour players Eric Butorac and Scott Lipsky, who played from wheelchairs. Other attendees included teaching professionals, physical therapy students from Duke University, and wheelchair players. The clinic represented the final event of a two-year program funded by the United States Tennis Association Wheelchair Tennis that allowed OPAF to host ten trainings and clinics in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Erica practices her swing on the driving range.

First Swing Learn to Golf Training and Clinic

A full-day First Swing Learn to Golf Training and Clinic was held August 15 as the kickoff event for the National Amputee Golf Association (NAGA) Championships at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, North Plains, Oregon. The training was led by First Swing instructors W.C. Fields and Bob Tipton, PT. Over a dozen people attended the morning session of classroom education and driving range work, and more than ten clinic participants joined the afternoon golf session, which included demonstrations of SoloRider and Paragolfer adaptive golf carts. Members of the AMP1 Stand-Up basketball team also attended the event.

Shawn Kornoelje

First Swim

Shawn Kornoelje has joined the First Swim staff. He has over 28 years of experience coaching swimmers at the high school, collegiate, national, and Paralympic levels. Kornoelje will be accepting First Swim Clinic opportunities as his coaching schedule allows.