Amputee Walking School Scheduled for March 2, 2013

Madisonville Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program will be hosting an Amputee Walking School on Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Brown Badgett, Sr. Energy and Advanced Technology Center located on MCC’s North Campus (2000 College Drive, Madisonville). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by Baptist Health Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation and Kenney Orthopedics.

The Amputee Walking School will introduce treatment approaches for improved function and return to a more active lifestyle. Understanding the dynamics of how artificial devices work and how to use muscles properly to control the device will enable individuals to walk/run, move side to side, bend down, jump, and climb stairs with more confidence. Increased strength and flexibility help participants to operate more efficiently and conserve energy. One-on-one opportunities and “hands-on” participation techniques will apply. Professionals in the field of rehabilitative therapy and sports medicine will receive high level training in advanced exercises appropriate for use with clients of all ages to improve ambulating. Five continuing education credits will be awarded.

Presenters will be Dennis Oehler and Todd Schaffhauser. Mr. Oehler become a below-knee amputee at the age of 24, as the result of an automobile accident, just weeks prior to signing a contract to play professional soccer in New York. He would later qualify for the 1988 Paralympics Track and Field Team, where he set the world record in the 100-meter event in 11.73 seconds and won gold medals in the 200- and 400-meter events.

Ms. Schaffhauser became an above-knee amputee at the age of fifteen due to bone cancer. Determined to regain an active lifestyle, he qualified for the Paralympics Track and Field Team and won a gold medal by completing the 100-meter event in a time of 15.77 seconds. In the 1995 World Games, he broke his own world record by running the 100-meter in 14.55 seconds.

PT, PTA, OT, COTA, Athletic Trainers, and all interested healthcare professionals are invited. Amputees of all ages as well as their family members are also encouraged to attend.

Registration fee is:

   Professionals Students* 
 Before 2/15/13 $75 $25 
 After 2/15/13 $85  $25 

* Student must show valid student ID.

Completed registration form and payment should be sent to: Karen Billman, Madisonville Community College, 2000 College Drive, Madisonville, 42431

For more information, contact:

Karen Billman, MCC Workforce Solutions
Phone: (270) 824-8659
Email: kbillman0001@kctcs.edu

Stephanie Taylor, MCC PTA Program Coordinator
Email: stephanie.taylor@kctcs.edu