What BADER does

What BADER does

June 2014 Bridging Advanced Developments for Exceptional Rehabilitation (BADER) – aims to help today’s wounded military not only recover from their limb injuries but live a life as full as possible. That means making sure injured and recovering warriors are not just getting around with their prostheses, but finding their optimal level of function, whether that’s returning to active duty, running or competing against other athletes with limb loss. The goal of BADER – funded through a five-year, $19.7 million medical research grant from the Department of Defense – is to continue the advancements in the treatment of military amputees and create a culture of research in musculoskeletal trauma and limb loss across the the participating institutions. To do that, BADER works with four military treatment facilities to strengthen evidence-based orthopedic rehabilitation care. They are: San Antonio Military Medical Center/Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, Tex.; Naval Medical Center San Diego in California; Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va., and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. In addition, BADER is partnering with six clinical rehabilitation sites: Spaulding National Running Center in Cambridge, Mass.; Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn; the University of Delaware; the University of Texas at Austin, the Denver Rehabilitation Institute; and New York University. Why do this? For starters, these wounded warriors deserve it as thanks for the sacrifices they’ve made during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 1,500 soldiers have suffered battle-related limb loss between 2001 through 2013 while serving in Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. And while more soldiers are surviving in greater numbers...