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Amputee develops prosthetic leg

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2017-06-21 14:04

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“I wanted to get back to doing the activities I loved (mainly motocross and snowmobile racing) , but I soon found out there was nothing that would really allow me to ride the way I did before my amputation. With my knowledge and experience of fabrication, the experience of tuning suspension on my race equipment and my unwillingness to compromise I set out to create what I needed. After nearly two years of development I have come up with a knee unit that is versatile enough to handle many different action sports and has helped me win multiple ESPN X Games medals in the adaptive motocross and snow cross events. In my many years of racing as a professional I’ve learned it takes a few key components to be successful; Support from the people around you, a whole lot of determination and the right tools for the job," he explained.

Mike was always in shops, and was passionate about mechanics since he was a boy. So with the help of some friends, he started designing and prototyping.

“I didn’t feel there was equipment available that would work up to my high standards, so me being a problem-solver, I took on the project of building my own leg”, the inventor expressed.

After Mike compete at his first adaptive sporting event he soon realized that many other amputees could benefit from the equipment he was working on.

In 2010, he started his own company called BioDapt. The company designs, manufactures and distributes high performance lower limb prosthetic components used for action sports and other similar activities. The goal is to manufacture the highest quality and highly versatile components that allow amputees to participate in sports and activities.

More info: http://www.biodaptinc.com

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Mike Schultz, from USA, is a professional snowmobile racer that lost his leg above the knee in 2008, due to an injury while racing. He developed Moto Knee, a prosthetic leg, so that he would be able keep racing, after he found out that there was nothing on the market to allow him to do this sport.

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