When you lose a limb, it isn’t uncommon to have a difficult time adjusting to normal life again. A lot of amputees feel as if all hope is lost and the idea of enjoying physical activities again seems impossible. However, regardless of common belief, people who have lost a limb or more than one can still engage in various activities and sports – extreme ones included!
There are several ways that amputees who love skiing and mountain activities can find a way to enjoy the mountains just as much as anyone else can. This article will address some of the ways that amputees can ski as well as engage in other mountain activities.
Depending on the level of amputation and condition of an amputee, the extent to what can be achieved will vary. One can ski using one ski and outriggers for balance or opt to ski in a sit-ski instead. Other things that can help amputees ski include the use of a prosthesis, an orthosis, or both. Here are the basic details about the two:
A prosthesis is an artificial device that can be used to replace a missing body part. It can serve both a functional and a cosmetic purpose. With a well-adjusted prosthesis, your body can maintain balance, thus preventing strain on other anatomical structures. If a prosthesis is to be used for skiing, it is crucial for the device to be designed or adjusted specifically for the sport. Keep in mind that it can be quite a challenge for amputees – particularly children – who are still adapting to their prosthesis to work with special skiing prosthesis. That being said, it is more than possible and the use of skiing prostheses should not be discouraged.
An orthosis is an apparatus that, in many ways, can help to support a part of the body. It can compensate for a missing limb, stabilize joints, and substitute for missing muscular activity. Again, an orthosis should be specially designed for skiing for it to function well. Moreover, it is very important that each amputee’s situation is carefully assessed before they are cleared to ski with an orthosis.
In the end, it all comes down to your unique condition when choosing the right method. It is important to remember that it can take some time to get used to the new device, especially when you are engaging in these kinds of extreme sports. You will have to experiment with different methods and ways to ski before you find one that is the most suitable one for your condition. With that said, it is always a great idea to find an instructor to guide you through the process and help you figure out the best way for you.
Moreover, you can seek advice from fellow amputees who are going through the same experience as well. Their input on skiing methods and equipment will be invaluable, and more importantly, you will realize that you are not going through this alone. Again, you have to understand that everyone has a varying degree of amputation. This means that what works for other amputees may not necessarily be the best thing for you. Still, it is helpful to know that you have options as well as opportunities to find out which option is the best for your case.
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