Prosthetic Orthotic Associates Hosts First Stride Training and Clinic in NY

May 1, 2018 – Prosthetic Orthotic Associates recently hosted a First Stride Training and Clinic at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY at the college’s new school of physical therapy. Over 25 therapists and O & P professionals took part in a three hour clinical classroom portion, followed by a two hour hands on Train the Trainer Clinic with 15 local individuals with lower limb amputations.

Reviews and evaluation comments included:

“Very informative and relevant to my practice”

“Loved the interaction with the community and the hands on experience”

“Instructor was knowledgable and engaging. Enjoyed the peer interaction as well”

“This was such a great opportunity to meet others in the community. I will come back”

“This clinic helped me to see that I have some exercises that I can and need to work on. I enjoyed

meeting other amputees and therapists”

Mark Ford, President and Managing Partner for POA offered “Supporting our local communities is a key part of who we are at Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates. By working with OPAF on their First Stride Clinics, we are able to bring the therapists and patients in our own backyards training that is nationally recognized and top of the line. On top of that, our involvement with OPAF helps the entire orthotics and prosthetics field. That creates a great win/win/win for everyone involved.”

POA has already scheduled their next OPAF First event for Friday, November 16 when we will return to Marist College and Poughkeepsie for First Things First Training and Clinic, a study on falls and recovery.

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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