What Prosthetic Options are there for Athletes?

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What Prosthetic Options are there for Athletes?

Bionic and non-bionic devices have evolved rapidly, ensuring that no matter what type of prosthetic is needed, a sport-focused version is available. Whatever your sport, there is sure to be a specialized prosthetic option to help you play your best game.

Athletes seeking sports prosthetics in Arkansas will find a range of options, including upper limb, knee and foot, that are suitable for both amputee athletes and those needing specialized support. These devices are geared to a variety of competitive and pleasure sports, including cycling, track and field, golf, fishing, baseball, and hockey.

Competitive Prosthetics

Among the more exciting prosthetic innovations available to competitive athletes is the iLimb, a bionic hand device that allows individual finger and thumb movement. A range of grips can even be accessed through a mobile app customized to the iLimb. Another sports prosthetic option, the Rheo Knee is controlled by a microprocessor, and specializes in stabilizing movement over difficult terrain. It also enhances backwards movement and challenging squat-to-standing motions.

The Symbionic Leg is another device in the prosthetics for sports Arkansas category, and contains microprocessors in both the knee and ankle joints. This technology promotes better stabilization, symmetry with the other leg, and stumble recovery. Additional prosthetics made especially for athletics pursuits include the Proprio Foot and the Power Knee, along with many other sports-specific prosthetics.

Cutting-Edge Prosthetics

A variety of fitness-minded people—whether they’re competitive athletes or simply “serious amateurs”—can benefit from the technological advances in innovative sports prosthetics. A good example is the Cheetah Xtend, a carbon fiber blade designed for below-the-knee amputee runners. A similar version, the Cheetah Xtreme, is a blade geared specifically to high-speed, short distance running. Its “Xtreme” curving shape provides the dynamic flexing and push-off needed for sprinting.

Moto Knee and Versa Foot are also among the innovative sports prosthetics which Horton’s is proud to carry. Often used in tandem by above the knee amputees, they can also be utilized separately. Versa Foot is made to be durable in wet and snowy weather conditions, as well as different types of terrains. It boasts adjustable shock absorber levels and ankle configurations. Moto Knee takes athletes through a range of sports, particularly high-impact ones. It offers hydraulic dampening, allowing athletes to adjust to different speeds, along with interchangeable parts so that the athlete can change such variables as the required resistance and motion.

Don’t Sit on the Sidelines!

Because many sports prosthetics are meant to be secondary devices and aren’t necessarily geared to everyday life, it’s important to work closely with your healthcare team to find the best combination of devices for your specific needs.

With so many options available in the sports prosthetics Arkansas “arena,” thanks to modern technology, athletes of all abilities now have a level playing field. Contact the knowledgeable team at Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics to learn more about prosthetic devices, along with any needed supportive orthotics, sockets, or control mechanisms. Please contact Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics at (501) 663-2908.