Boston Marathon Bombings – One Year Later

Boston Marathon Bombings – One Year Later

***** The Boston Marathon. For runners around the world, it represents the pinnacle of the sport. It’s a lifetime achievement to qualify and an honor to run the epic 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boyleston, past the screaming girls of Wellesley and the hills of Newton. One word can describe it: electrifying. Last year, however, the outcome of the day was nothing but terrifying, as homemade bombs exploded at the finish, killing three and wounding 264 others. In the 365 days that have followed, people have come together to support the victims and their families as they grip with tragic losses and lives forever changed. The Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, a BADER Consortium clinical rehabilitation site in the Boston area, has been at the forefront of helping people impacted by the tragedy resume lives that are as close to normal as possible. Since last year, they have cared for 33 survivors, including 15 amputees. This has long been the goal of BADER and the work is no less important in the civilian population than it is for our wounded warriors. While we would prefer never to see such tragedies again, this serves as a good reminder why this ongoing work is crucial. People will always be in need of solid research and technology to keep pace with a changing world and to maintain a high quality of life. Recently, Spaulding announced it has launched a 10-year study to better understand how to help people impacted by such traumatic events as bombings and mass casualties. From the Boston Herald: Doctors will look at physical health, mental health, employment, relationships and more. They will...
Running on research

Running on research

  ***** Imagine waking up one day and being somewhere other than where you’d thought you’d be. Now imagine waking up in this strange place and realizing it’s a room in a hospital. And you’ve lost your leg. From the hip down. That’s what happened to Army Sergeant Jay Fain in 2007, the day before a scheduled two-week  break from a tour in Iraq. Fain shared his story recently with oandp.com, an online site for orthotics and prosthetics information, because shortly after he lost his leg, Fain became an unlikely runner. You should read his story, which can be found here. After losing a leg at the hip, running is nearly impossible. But Fain was sent to BADER MTF Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC)/Center for the Intrepid (CFI) for rehab. At CFI, he learned how to walk on a mechanical hip joint, the Össur Total Knee® and a basic foot. He gait trained, attended Össur Amputee Running and Mobility Clinics hosted by the Challenged Athletes Foundation and relying on the latest research and expertise of certified prosthetist Bobby Latham, made sure his hip fit just right. Then, Fain found a knew knee, hip and foot: Össur POWER KNEE™, an Ottobock Helix hip joint and an Össur Re-Flex Rotate™ foot. After several rounds of trial and error, Fain was fitted a fixed hip joint, the Össur Total Knee 2100 and an Össur Flex-Run™ foot. Fain had some physical abilities that made his return to running remarkable, yet possible. But without the hard work of researchers, physical therapists, orthotists and prosthetists and others willing to put in the time to improving the quality of life for people...
BADER’s Kenton Kaufman recognized, again!

BADER’s Kenton Kaufman recognized, again!

*** The BADER Consortium’s scientific cores director, Kenton Kaufman, Ph.D., was recently honored with the 2014 Research Award at the 40th Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP). Here is a bit more info from the Mayo Clinic, where Kaufman is based: The award is intended to recognize members performing the most outstanding research in the field of orthotics and prosthetics. The research must have been documented and published or presented as a part of an Academy-sponsored scientific education program within the previous three years. About Dr. Kaufman Kenton Kaufman, Ph.D., joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in Rochester in 1996. He is a Consultant in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery with a joint appointment in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. He holds the academic rank of Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Kaufman is the Director of the Biomechanics-Motion Analysis Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and he is recognized with the distinction of a named professorship, the W. Hall Wendel, Jr., Musculoskeletal Research Professorship. Dr. Kaufman is also a registered professional engineer. Dr. Kaufman’s research focus is on the biomechanics of human movement. He currently holds several grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense for projects aimed at improving the mobility of disabled individuals.  Dr. Kaufman has worked over the past two decades to advance both prosthetic and orthotic care. He is the co-inventor of the SensorWalk, a stance-control orthosis on the commercial market. He has also conducted research on microprocessor-controlled knees and provided testimony to the insurance industry, which resulted in reimbursement for...
Wounded warriors compete in Marine Corp Trials in San Diego

Wounded warriors compete in Marine Corp Trials in San Diego

**** More than four years ago, Sgt. Michael Pride returned home from his duty with the Marine Corp. He’d been injured in Afghanistan after his Humvee rolled onto his arm. Worried the accident would end his career and stand between him and the athletic lifestyle he enjoyed, Pride got involved in the first Marine Corp Trials. Now in its 4th year, the 2014 Trials started March 4 and runs through tomorrow at Camp Pendleton. You can LiveStream events here. Over 300 wounded warriors from across the country and from Australia, Canada, France, Columbia and others are competing as four teams in seven sports, including basketball, track and field and archery. Some live with limb difference, while others cope with PTSD and other illnesses. To learn more, and to see a video with Sgt. Pride – now an assistant Trials coach – check out this NBC News...