Posted by Sarah Thomas, BS, CPO -- April 23, 2012
This Week at Bio-Medic Appliances, we have the pleasure of providing one of our young amputees with her first Running Prosthesis! Sports related prostheses are typically not covered by insurance, and this often prevents people from being able to return to running after amputation. I am blogging on this topic in hopes to help raise awareness for amputees who wish to return to their pre-amputation sports activities. The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is an organization that helps athletes return to sport and reach their potential.
CAF was “Established in 1997, the foundation recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing unparalleled sports opportunities that lead to success in sports — and in life.”
The CAF has five programs to help athletes; Access for Athletes, Operation Rebound, Catch a Rising Star, Reach High and Project N.E.X.T. Access for Athletes is the CAF’s flagship program. This funding program steps in where rehabilitation and health insurance end by providing funding grants for equipment such as sports wheelchairs, hand cycles, mono skis and sports prosthetics, as well as resources for training and competition expenses for physically challenged individuals.
Access for Athletes grants are distributed annually. Applications are available September 1st every year and must be postmarked by December 1st. Grant awards are announced in early April. Check out the application or read the FAQs for more information at their website: www.challengedathletes.org
Here at Bio Medic, we feel that being able to help amputees return to the sports and activities they enjoyed prior to amputation is of paramount importance. With the assistance of the CAF, we help return our athletes and sports enthusiasts alike to the court, field, track, etc!
I hope this blog has helped raise awareness to the opportunities that exist for all amputees. Whether you would like to return to running, or you already run and would like funding to travel to an event, the Access For Athletes Program is here to help!
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