Engineering Athletic Excellence - October 2008

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Engineering Athletic Excellence...A Tale of Two Contenders
By Judith Philipps Otto


Jonathan Bik races in the XTERRA America Tour. Photograph courtesy of CAF. Not all of us are destined for excellence.

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Perspective

Holding Physicians Accountable for Unfair Denials
By Jim DeWees, CP


I recently had a conversation with a state representative and a state senator in which I told them about a patient who needed a replacement for a transtibial prosthesis that was more than nine years old and was literally in three pieces. The fo...

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Feature

Challenged Athletes Foundation: Out of the Flames
By Morgan Stanfield


A fire burns a hillside as it moves west toward San Diego, California, October 23, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Thomas E.

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Feature

Preprosthetic Therapy: Is It Needed? Does It Help?
By Miki Fairley


What helps patients to have satisfying quality of life and achieve their functional goals after amputation? "Approximately 75 percent of older adults can regain their ability to walk without assistive devices if they undergo the proper rehabilitat...

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Today's Consumer

Tim Collins: Playing the Cards Dealt
By Chelan M. Keeter


Tim Collins' dreams consisted of many things, but never of hospitals and prosthetic clinics, becoming "Mr. Mom," or needing to don 15 pounds of plastic in order to be independent. At the age of 39, he was an active man who valued his work and l...

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Sports

Two Paralympians Competed in Olympics


Two women, two powerful life stories, two sets of world-class Games: Poland's Natalia Partyka and South Africa's Natalie Du Toit are the first two athletes in history to compete at both the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games in the same yea...

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Education Outlook

A, B, C, D, O, and P
By Michael Carroll


I've been around prosthetics and orthotics my whole life. I've known what a prosthesis is since I was three, and I was five when I learned what an orthosis is. After spending 12 years of my early childhood and adolescent life running around the O&...

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Face to Face

Five Questions for Wendy Smith, RTP, CP(c), CCA


Wendy Smith is the owner of Lifeart Prosthetics Inc., West St. Paul, Manitoba, Canada, a business that provides a rare blend of services to patients wanting exceptionally lifelike prostheses. Her painstakingly cast, layered, and colored functio...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Running an O&P practice gets more complicated each year. When you have questions, "Got FAQs?" is ready with the answers to help keep your practice running smoothly and efficiently. This month's column tackles your questions concerning knee-orthosi...

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Progress on Parity

Bipartisan Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate
By Morgan Sheets


A federal parity bill was slated to be introduced before the Senate adjourned at the end of September. This legislation requires health insurance companies to provide meaningful health insurance coverage for prosthetic care. The bill will ensure t...

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Viewpoint

Déjà Vu
By Karen Henry


We're closing this issue on the heels of a successful meeting in Chicago. More than 200 people entered our drawing for a Nintendo® Wii™ while visiting The O&P EDGE booth at the AOPA National Assembly. Novice and experienced batters of all ag...

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EDGE Direct

EC Funds Projects that Push Bionic Hand Research


The European Commission (EC) is currently funding three researchprojects that could lead to major innovations in the design andfunction of prosthetic hands. NanoBioTact The objective of the NanoBioTact (nano-engineering biomimetictactile sensors)...

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EDGE Direct Sponsored Story

Evolution Custom Silk Liners...Because Everybody's Different


Designed by a certified prosthetist, Evolution Silk custom liners fit the exact needs of each user. Evolution Silk liners are manufactured from a unique medical grade silicone that keeps the liner fresh and odor free. Cushion and locking designs a...

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