The Newly Released Genium Prosthetic Knee, 7/28/2011

After years of research and development, the Genium Bionic Prosthetic System is now available at select prosthetic facilities in the United States. Developed by Otto Bock Healthcare in partnership with the U.S. Military, the Genium was subjected to rigorous beta testing by wounded soldiers with varying levels of above-knee amputations. POA is one of the select facilities that have been authorized and trained to fit patients with it. The Genium has been proven to function as close to a natural leg as possible, making it the most sophisticated knee of its kind.

The Genium utilizes state-of-the-art technology which has never before been used in prosthetic limbs. The heart of the system is the gyroscope which collects data in three dimensions to identify where it is in space at all times, while an accelerometer simultaneously tracks the speed. The Genium can anticipate your movements and adapt instantaneously during ambulation, allowing you to concentrate on the task at hand instead of how to control your prosthesis.

Four sensors provide data to three microprocessors to predict what will happen next. The microprocessors intuitively move the prosthesis much the way a human leg would, allowing you to walk backwards, ascend stairs, step sideways or over obstacles without having to think about it. This is possible because the fluid motion allows the knee to get in front of the body rapidly and supports it, even in a bent position.

Magnetic charging (no open ports) makes the Genium more water resistant than the C-Leg. It can be charged through a cosmetic cover, and will remain charged for up to 5 days. Physically, it is shorter than the C-Leg, which will allow additional foot options for some users.

The unique features of the Genium and its natural, multidirectional movement will smooth out your gait, allow you to walk confidently in your prosthesis, and to try some things you would otherwise not be able to do. This is possible for amputees with any level of above-knee amputation, including hip and hemi-pelvectomy. The higher your level of amputation, the more life-changing this technology could be for you.

Anthony Robles (born without right leg), 2011 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling champ for Arizona State, honored at ESPN ESPY Awards, 7/15/11

Anthony Robles, the 2011 NCAA Division I wrestling champ for Arizona State (born without a right leg), was honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPN ESPY Awards. “It’s not what is, it’s what could be,” Anthony says in his inspirational acceptance speech. Click here to view the video .

SGM Chris Self is Participating in 620 mile bike ride as part of CAF’s Operation Rebound

POA patient SGM Chris Self and his wife, Dana, will be participating in a 620 mile/7 day bike ride down the California Coast in October to raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. They would appreciate donations of any amount (see message from Chris below). Chris is a true American hero. He has served in the U.S. Army for 25 years, did 7 tours in Iraq (where he suffered the injuries that caused the amputation of his leg), and is still active service!

My name is Sergeant Major Christopher Self. I have been in the U.S. Army for 25 years and have served seven tours in Iraq. I am currently still active duty and stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky where I live with my wife Dana and our three children, Jordan, 17, Haley, 15, and Reese, 7.
On December 28, 2005, while serving in Iraq, I was involved in a firefight and sustained gunshot wounds to both legs, leaving my right leg paralyzed (severing my sciatic nerve). After seven months, I was tired of being stuck in a wheelchair (and hospital), so my wife, Dana, and I decided that in order for me to live the active lifestyle I had done before my injury, we needed to make a choice. On July 13, 2006, my right leg was amputated. With the help of great prosthetics, the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and a very supportive family, I have competed in numerous triathlons, marathons, and races.
Because of the opportunities CAF has provided for me, maintaining the health I had before my injury has been made possible. I’m able to do the same things I did before 2005 and in some ways, I’m more successful in the competitions I participate in. Now, I’m able to keep up with my kids and play baseball with them in the yard, just like any other father. I could not ask for a better gift.
On October 15th through the 21st,, I along with several other challenged athletes will be riding our bicycles 620 miles down the California coastline over a 7 day period. The purpose of this ride is to raise money and create opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so that they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.
Please help me make my goal by going to my website and donating ANY amount you can. Thank you all so much for your continued support that you have given to me and my family.

SGM Christopher and Dana Self, US Army

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POA patient Nate Winters’ return to baseball, “ESPN Rise” article dated 5/16/2011

ESPN Rise recently published an article about Nate Winters’ return to the mound two years after he lost one leg above the knee and badly injured the other in a boating accident.

Click here to view the ESPN Rise News article