A team approach is required to maximize the functional potential of transfemoral amputees. This is all the more critical if the person with limb loss makes the choice to use a prosthesis. Transfemoral prosthesis technology and training practices have changed and the change is increasing at an ever faster pace. This course is designed to provide an update to rehabilitation clinicians on transfemoral prosthesis prescription and training considerations. The format and content is focused on developing a collaborative approach to maximizing prosthesis user functional potential. This includes safe, efficient and comfortable walking as well as higher level activities such as running and other sporting and recreational activities.
8:30 a.m - 9:00 a.m: Registration and light breakfast
9:00 a.m - 12:00 noon: LECTURE
1. Evaluating the Trans-Femoral (TF) and Knee Disarticulation (KD) level amputee for a
2. Update on Trans-Femoral (TF) and Knee Disarticulation (KD) prosthesis design
3. Developing a prescription for the Trans-Femoral (TF) and Knee
Disarticulation (KD) prosthesis.
4. Update on training considerations for the Trans-Femoral (TF) and Knee
Disarticulation (KD) prosthesis user.
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m: Break for lunch
1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m: LAB
Part I: Training the Trans-Tibial Prosthesis User
Part II: Training the Trans-Femoral Prosthesis User
5.5 CEU’s approved for PT's and PTA's licensed in the state of Maryland through the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
Mark is a physical therapist and certified prosthetist and orthotist with 23 years of clinical practice and clinical education experience. He is currently CEO and President of Dankmeyer, Inc. and has Faculty Appointments at the Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland Medical Schools and is a guest lecturer at several local and regional physical therapy programs including the University of Delaware.
Todd became an above-the-knee amputee at the age of 15 as a result of cancer. Determined to regain an active lifestyle, he pursued competitive athletics for the first time in his life. In 1988, Todd qualified for the Paralympics Track and Field Team and won a gold medal by completing the 100m event in a time of 15.77 seconds. In the 1995 World Games in Germany, he broke his own world record by running the 100m in 14.55 seconds. Todd competed and medaled at three Paralympic Games. Along with his athletic endeavors, Todd has worked in the prosthetic community for more than 20 years. He co-created the Amputee Walking School that has changed the lives of thousands of amputees, their families and rehabilitation professionals worldwide. Todd participated in the research, development and marketing of numerous prosthetic products. In 2002, he was named an honorary member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.
Dennis became a below-the-knee amputee at the age of 24 as a result of an automobile accident. Dennis was determined to resume his athletic endeavors and qualified for the 1988 Paralympics Track and Field Team. In Seoul, Korea, he set the world record for the 100m event in 11.73 seconds and won gold medals in the 200 and 400 meter events. Four years later in Barcelona, he set another world records in the long jump and took silver in the 100m. In 1989, Dennis co-created the Amputee Walking School designed to take amputees beyond traditional rehabilitation. This life changing program has reached more than 7,500 amputees and 15,000 therapists worldwide. Dennis has served on the board of directors for the American Board for Certification. For O&P In 2002, he was named an honorary member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.
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