The Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) held the inaugural First Fit™ clinic in Orlando, Florida, on September 21, as part of the Amputee Coalition’s Limb Loss Education Day and in conjunction with the 2013 American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) World Congress. First Fit clinics provide practical fitness tips and assistance on machines or weights to help those with amputations build strength.
The clinic was attended by more than 60 individuals with amputations, along with their family and friends, and was led by Kirsten Quick, a certified personal trainer, and National Football League (NFL) Hall of Famer, Joe DeLamielleure. Angela Courtade, CPO, and student volunteers from the O&P program at St. Petersburg College, Florida, also assisted.
DeLamielleure helped a group of participants with a resistance and sculpting workout, while others tried the treadmill, the elliptical machine, or free weights.