Prosthetic Modifications for Sports and Other Recreational Activities

AYMOND LOVETT, MD*Grand Rapids, Michigan

Adaptive devices enable limb-deficient children to participate in normal athletic and other recreational activities. Most appliances for musical instrument playing, bowling, archery, and other school sports were designed and fabricated by the prosthetist or orthotist on an individual basis. During clinic visits, children are asked with what athletic activities they have problems. Then the entire clinic team attempts W solve the problem. Some devices are complex, while others are very simple, such as an elastic knee sleeve to improve suspension for a below-knee prosthesis while the youngster plays soccer.

*Area Child Amputee Center, 235 Wealthy Street, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503