Prostheses-assistive technology-sports

Authors: Dyer, B.

Publisher: Elsevier

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Authors: Dyer, B.T.J.

Volume: 1-3

Pages: 621-631

ISBN: 9780128048290

DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-801238-3.99914-8

© 2019 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Prosthetic limbs are forms of assistive technology that traditionally provides an opportunity for users to maximize their quality of life, social interaction, and their health. In addition, participating in sport with any form of limb absence has progressed initially from a form of rehabilitation to more recently as the pursuit of elite level competition. This article details the history, use, and design of prosthetic limbs used specifically for sport and recreation. It also details the key differences between prosthetic limbs employed for sport and recreation and explains how these are different to those created for general everyday use. Finally, it highlights that while the use of prosthetic limbs should always be employed to help participants access the benefits of sport and recreation, such technology can also be controversial in the wider sporting community. Our relationship between both ourselves and the technology we use will continue to challenge our perceptions of athleticism in the future but will also increase the sporting opportunities that exist for those possessing limb absence.

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