Adaptive Sports for Amputees

The loss of a limb does not mean that sporting activities have to cease; in fact, there are sports for amputees that have been adapted specifically to suit the needs of everyone. This is great for amputees who want to remain active, while enjoying a great hobby with like-minded people.

Sports for Amputees

There are many adaptive sports for amputees to choose from including:

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Horse-riding
  • Swimming
  • Running
  • And many more

Sports Prosthetics Examples

Some prosthetics don’t need to be custom-made to adapt to certain sports. For example, there are certain everyday lower limb prosthetics that allow amputees to complete lengthy hikes, and even to go on daily jogs. However, the average upper limb prosthetic won’t allow for holding a paddle and rowing, as another example.

Swimming Prosthetics

Modern prosthetics are built to be water-resistant, but not all are entirely built to be submerged in water for prolonged periods of time. It’s important to do your research on your lower limb before diving into swimming. There are also special attachments that can be added onto prosthetics such as a flipper, to make it easier to swim.

Running Blade Prosthetics

Running blades have been specifically designed for running, made with lightweight carbon and the ability to swing and move to mimic the motion of running. Running blades may also be used for sports that require lots of running such as baseball or basketball. They should not be worn for prolonged periods, as they are built for speed and may affect posture after time.

Paddling Prosthetics

There are upper limb prosthetics that allow arm amputees to use paddles for rowing, canoeing, and kayaking. They have been specially designed to make it easy for amputees to grip the paddles without them slipping out. Whether for leisure, or for sports, there are different hooks, clips, and spatula attachments that make it possible.

Contact us for more information on prostheses and orthotics, sports or otherwise.