Our Feat ured Sponsor: College Park
Technology for the Human Race
College Park Industries celebrates its 30 th anniversary this year as innovators in the prosthetic industry. With a focus on finding your perfect, unique solution, College Park offers a full line of anatomically correct, customizable foot systems, upper limb options, endoskeletal components, and MetroLiner gel products.

Each product from College Park is designed, manufactured, and tested with you in mind. To provide maximum strength and flexibility for all ages and activity levels, College Park created Intelliweave® composite technology and iST™ (Integrated Spring Technology) for feet like the Soleus.

College Park’s ongoing research allows for the creation of innovative products like the Guardian friction brake knee. It doesn’t stop here! Stay tuned for the launch of the Espire elbow, which will propel the upper limb prosthetic industry into a new era of motion. 
"You Convinced Me That I Can Still Be An Athlete"
OPAF First Story: Featuring Kristan Seaford
It started with a First Swim Clinic in Charlotte, NC in 2015. Kristan Seaford had not been in the water since losing both arms below the elbow and one leg below the knee due to a devastating infection that nearly took her life. As she puts it, she had “no idea how I would or could survive in the water.” But, her instructor- two-time World Champion Triathlete Mabio Costa, coached her through her fears.
 
“I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared, before or since,” Kristan recounted of the experience. Sitting at the edge of the pool, without her prostheses, she was told to jump in; jump into a 12-foot pool without the limbs that used to carry her through the water.
Mabio had told Kristan what to expect: that she would sink to the bottom, where she should push off and swim to the top as fast as she could. “I doubted that he would go through all of this just to watch me drown,” she shared.

Pushing past her fear, Kristan took the plunge. “It happened JUST like he said it would. I sank to the bottom. I pushed off, and I swam as fast as I could to the surface. I lifted my head, and I heard a boisterous cheer,” she explained.

Sitting in the bleachers near the pool were her husband and kids, clapping with big smiles on their faces. She did it! And, seeing what was possible, Kristan didn’t stop there. She went on to participate in First Climb, First Dance, First Cycle, and additional First Swim clinics. She has embraced each experience and used them to build her own skills beyond the clinic environment.

“The OPAF First Clinics have empowered me,” Kristan said. “I’ve tried things I never thought I’d do again, and tried things I’ve never tried before and never dreamed I could or would when I was able-bodied,” she added. “You convinced me that I can still be an athlete.”

Kristan shared that she has learned several things about herself participating in First Clinics including: “I am brave, I can be a risk-taker, and I can do just about anything that I want to do.” She has also learned a lot about “the strength of the human spirit” saying, “The other participants inspire and encourage me to keep going, to keep trying, and to keep smiling. They’ve proven to me, time and time again, that amputees are, as a rule, the most amazing people on the planet!”

What would Kristan say to someone considering a First Clinic? “Stop ‘considering’ and talking yourself out of going and just go! You won’t be sorry!”
How to Host a First Clinic - O&P Almanac May 2018
News from OPAF
Maureen Connelly Selected as 2018 Dale Yasukawa Scholarship Winner
OPAF & The First Clinics are pleased to announce that Maureen Connelly has been selected the winner of the 2018 Dale Yasukawa Scholarship. Maureen is expected to graduate from Northwestern University’s Master program in Prosthetics & Orthotics in March 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Science Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) from the University of Notre Dame, where she graduated in May of 2014, Cum Laude. She has teaching and clinical and volunteer experience, both here and abroad.
“We are thrilled with the selection of Maureen Connelly as the 2018 scholarship winner. Maureen continues a long line of excellent candidates from NUPOC to focus on both education and clinical care” said OPAF Executive Director, Robin Burton.
 
Maureen will receive a $1000.00 scholarship to further her education by attending a national, regional or local chapter or society meeting. Funds can also be used for education purposes.
First Swim Now Offers Training with Credits
First Swim is now approved for continuing education credits for therapists through ProCert, the continuing competence activity accreditation program of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). Clinicians will receive 5.5 credits for continuing education for attending First Swim. More info .

Check the "OPAF calendar” as First Cinics are being added across the country each week and we want you to know when we will be
in your neck of the woods!
2018 Thranhardt Golf Classic
When: 1:00 pm, Wednesday, September 26th

Where: Furry Creek Golf and Country Club, Vancouver, Canada

Cost: $195.00 or $750.00/foursome

Furry Creek is known as “British Columbia’s Most Scenic Golf Course ” – and for good reason. Surrounded by the sparkling Howe Sound Bay, towering aged trees and snow peaked mountains, Furry Creek encompasses what British Columbia is all about.
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