October 3, 2018 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Prosthetic Center for Excellence recently hosted a most successful First Stride Training and Clinic on the campus of UNLV. The morning session included local therapists and practitioners as well as PT students from two local programs. Chris Doerger PT, CP led the day which includes classroom education of evidence based outcomes measures as well as an overview of prosthetic componentry and personal experience. Clinicians were awarded continuing education credits for the full day session. The morning session included over 40 participants.
The afternoon session saw over 20 lower limb amputees join us for a gait training clinic in the lab room of UNLV. Participants were evaluated and presented exercises to improve balance, core, step length and much more. Prosthetic Center for Excellence presented everyone with course t-shirts, back packs and more. There was also local TV coverage from the CBS affiliate who filmed and did interviews with participants.
“What an amazing introduction into the world of prosthetics. It covered all the bases. From documentation to treatment ideas on how to help improve the ability to use prosthesis proficiently. Chris was amazing at presenting the information that was easy to understand. It left me wanting more. I cannot wait to do another course” Janet Lamoree, PTA
Prosthetic Center for Excellence plans on two more First Clinics in 2019 for the community of Las Vegas, their patients and their allied health care professionals.
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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.