In a recent news release, Össur reports that more than 70 amputees from all over the nation participated in its Leg Amputee Running and Mobility Clinic October 27 during the Challenged Athletes Foundation San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) weekend. Bob Gailey, PT and Peter Harsch, CP led the clinic.
According to Össur, participants ranged in age from 3 years old to 73 years old. Each attendee was provided the opportunity to improve their mobility by learning balance exercises and working on multidirectional movements. The organization also notes that advanced runners placed an emphasis on proper running techniques, including leg-over-leg strides, tempo drills, and maximizing their prosthetic capabilities.
The release notes that 60 volunteers, who were primarily comprised of physical therapists and O&P students, were on hand to provide attendees with their time and knowledge in order to assist of all ability levels during the workshop. Össur adds that several of its Team Össur athletes and Ambassadors, including Ironman finisher Sarah Reinertsen, Paralympians Blake Leeper and Rudy-Garcia Tolson, distance runner Jami Goldman-Marseilles and triathlete Andy Bailey were onsite to provide mentorship and support.
Sunday, October 28, the company reports that 8 of its relay teams of challenged athletes and Össur employees swam 1 mile, biked 44 miles and ran 10 miles. In total, the weekend raised $3 million dollars to support challenged athletes worldwide, Össur says.