June 14, 2018 – Olathe, KS – Decker Integrated Orthotics & Prosthetics recently hosted a First Stride Training and Clinic for their referral therapists and patients. Fifteen therapists from Kansas and Missouri attended the three hour classroom education, led by Chris Doerger, PT, CP. Education focused on an introduction to prosthetics and gait training, covering K levels, componentry, exercises and more. The afternoon session saw patients with varying levels of lower limb amputations join for a Train the Trainer set up with exercises, gait patterns, balance and more. For some of our amputees, this was the second year in a row to work on gait with First Stride.
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About OPAF: Serving as the philanthropic arm of the US orthotic and prosthetic community, the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF), develops, implements, partners and hosts adaptive recreational clinics for those with physical challenges. The First Clinics are recognized as leaders in adaptive recreation. Whether this is the first time a participant is trying an activity after illness, injury or episode or the first time they are ever trying, First Clinics offer top notch adaptive instruction specifically for them. Founded in 1995 to support the Paralympic Games in Atlanta, OPAF & The First Clinics have moved forward to offer introductory level adaptive recreation opportunities to everyone, not just the elite athlete. For more information on OPAF and The First Clinics, visit www.opafonline.org.