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Prosthetics-Rock Climbing

Researchers at the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, backed by a one million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education, are looking at the best prosthetics that amputees can use in such activities as rock climbing and kayaking - 'extreme sports' that are being used more and more as rehabilitation activities. University Beat takes you to a test session and introduces you to two champion rock climbers who have scaled to great heights in both competition and in life.

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Video extras

Ronnie Dickson, winner of the 2008 Extremity Games Men's Bouldering competition, talks about - and demonstrates - which prosthetic device he prefers to use when climbing.

Ronnie Dickson had his left leg amputated about three years ago because of complications from a childhood surgery for Trevor's Disease, a defect in the growth plates in his knee and ankle. Now he's studying prosthetics at Saint Petersburg College.


For more information

Dr. M. Jason Highsmith, Assistant Professor, USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences
E-mail: mhighsmi@health.usf.edu or 813-974-3806



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