What Are You Capable Of?
These clinics provide opportunities to learn techniques from world-renowned gait experts, Össur athletes and mentors with the goal of helping you move better, easier and more confidently with your prosthesis. More than instructional sessions, they are inspirational and supportive forums that connect people of all ages and abilities.
In 2015 Össur Australia hosted the very first amputee Mobility Clinic in Brisbane – a 2-day event designed amputees of all ages and abilities, as well as their treating prosthetists and health care professionals. The aim of the event was for amputees to gain optimal mobility on their prostheses, through exercises and activities designed to increase confidence, balance and strength. The event received so much praise that it became a yearly tradition in Australia and in other parts of the world.
“The concept of the ‘Össur Mobility Clinic’ has proven to be extremely successful in recent years in other parts of the world and we’ve come to the conclusion that the time is right to bring it to South Africa,” said Le Roux Viljoen, Managing Director of Össur South Africa.
Mobility Clinics in South Africa
In 2019 Össur South Africa debuted our own version of the Mobility Clinic with three respective pilot events held in Stellenbosch, Durban and in Pretoria. These 2-day pilot events combined a mix of presentations from expert guest speakers, various physical activities for amputees to improve their overall mobility, and provided a fun and engaging platform for amputees and their prosthetists to connect and learn from each other.
During each event we witnessed between 15 and 20 amputees, together with their prosthetists, enjoy the chance to improve their overall mobility skills under the guidance of Dr Suzanne Ferreira, an acclaimed sports scientist and South Africa Paralympics coach. Dr Ferreira was joined by sports scientist Sarah Arnolds, Dr Kevin Subban from the Prime Human Performance Institute, Prof Wayne Derman from the University of Stellenbosch’s Institute for Sports and Exercise Medicine, Dr Carolette Cloete from the University of Pretoria, as well as an expert team of physiotherapists, biokineticists and prosthetists – all supported by family and friends who were also invited to join.
It was fascinating to witness the commitment of each person who wholeheartedly participated in all of the physical events and the willingness for everyone to share their stories. In the end, all three events transcended physical skills improvement and allowed everyone involved to connect, inspire and be inspired, regardless of whether they are an amputee or not.
Following the overwhelming success and the valuable teachings of the first three pilot events, Össur South Africa, together with our prosthetist-clients, has committed to invest in these events in the long term. Please watch your inbox and social media for more information.
“Everything changed. It started a new journey for me as I began to walk and be active and then into mainstream schooling and into different sports competitions.”
Team Össur Athlete Ntando Mahlangu on his first mobility clinic experience
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