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  • 1. Prosthetics in Sports
    By Jonathan Powell
  • 2. Prosthetics in sports
    Prosthesis is an artificial device that replaces a body part
    Because of the improvements in technology, people with missing limbs can still participate in various sports
  • 3. Types of Prosthetics
  • 4. Sport Specific Prosthetics
    Most pro level competing people who use a prosthetic have custom made prosthetics
    These prosthetics are customized to fit a need for any specific sport
  • 5. Prosthetics in Baseball
    For batting, a prosthetic must duplicate a wrist break to have a smooth unrestricted swing with a follow through
    The Power Swing Ring allows this
  • 6. Prosthetics in Baseball Continued
    Fielding requires catching skills. A specialized body powered device that is pulled open with a cable action and closes when the player relaxes
  • 7. Prosthetics in Swimming
    Many swimmers without missing limbs choose to not use a prosthetic
    Others use paddle like devices to conserve energy
  • 8. Prosthetics in Running
    The most common type of prosthetic for running is a J shaped device used as a foot
    These prosthetics are the most common in all sports
    These prosthetics are known as Cheetahs
  • 9. Controversy
    On January 14, South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was banned from the 2008 Olympics by the IAAF(The International Association of Athletics Federations). Tests by Dr. Briggemann, a leading expert in biomechanics of running, showed that Pistorius’ prosthetics gave him an advantage over runners with human legs. His legs allow him to loose less energy with a larger energy return and less fatigue.
  • 10. Controversy Continued
    When running, the human foot touches the ground and goes through a pause and then a push off phase. Energy is lost in this process. The tests by Briggeman showed that the Cheetahs lost 30 percent less energy than an average human would without a prosthetic would. Also, the Cheetahs would allow a sprinter to use 25 percent less oxygen than a sprinter without the prosthetics.
  • 11. Prosthetics, the future of Sports?
    In Eric Adelson’s article “Let ‘Em Play”, in ESPN The Magizine, Adelson says ‘Shed a tear for the "disabled" today. Tomorrow they might pity you.’