Dorset Orthopaedic, Bournemouth, England, and Ottobock, Duderstadt, Germany, were featured in an episode of the BBC technology program BBC Click. The television program focused on sports technology that will be used in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, being held March 8-18.
Kevin Shaw, a clinic prosthetist at Dorset Orthopaedic, was shown fitting Kathleen Hawkins, a reporter who has a bilateral transtibial amputation, with Ottobock’s ski and snowboarding prosthesis, the ProCarve. After the fitting, Hawkins and Emma Gillespie, the head of prosthetics at Ottobock UK, were followed as they went snowboarding.
“I hope that this program will give people some insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes to help para-athletes at every level to perform at their best, from fitting and alignment to making sure you have a good socket,” said Shaw.
Ottobock is the prosthetic, orthotic, and wheelchair technical service provider at the Paralympic Winter Games.