Posted by LimbPowerAdmin on Wednesday 7th September 2016
Julie Rogers, a 15 year-old from Bedford who took part in the 2012 Paralympics as the youngest member on the Team GB Sitting Volleyball squad, has confirmed her switch to athletics after the successful trial of an Ottobock prosthetic running system.
The young athlete was born with a congenital disorder had an operation to shorten her leg at the tender age of five in order to be able to use an above-the-knee prosthetic limb. Despite being given a limb by the NHS that was not conducive for running, Julie, who’s talent has been nurtured by leading amputee running coach Hayley Ginn, was given the opportunity to trial the 3S80 and 1E90 prosthetic running system with support from Pace Rehabilitation and Ottobock.
The 3S80 sports knee joint is designed to withstand the high impact forces imposed whilst running. Rotation hydraulics have been specially optimised for running sports and the joint dampens the extension and flexion movements in the swing phase in such a way that a dynamic movement pattern is enabled at high running speeds. The option of a manually operated lock on the new knee joint also facilitates a secure stance that can be of use during warm-ups and stretching. Julie has also been fitted with a new day leg from Ottobock, a 3R80 knee, which is much better suited to her day-to-day needs.
You can see Julie in action on Saturday 17th September.