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The Health & Lifestyle Magazine for Amputees Who Want to Live More Fully

Volume 2, Issue 2 Amp It Up! c/o Eureka Custom Media, LLC 1916 Redbud Valley Drive Maryville, TN 37801 865 233-8711

From the Editor


t’s Spring again! And one of the great things about Spring is that it offers so many wonderful opportunities for getting outdoors and enjoying a variety of activities. And not just for people without disabilities. For everyone. If you don’t already know it, I’m here to tell you that there are all kinds of sports and recreational activities available for amputees. Some of you will want to and be able to participate in activities that are designed mainly for able-bodied people. Others will want to participate in activities that are designed especially for amputees. Either way, I encourage you to get out and have fun this year while, at the same time, being physically active for your health. If you’re looking for a sport or recreational activity to participate in, visit http:// There’s pretty much something for everyone there. Other activities are mentioned in this issue of Amp It Up! in our ads and on our Upcoming Events calendar (page 24). If you think you can’t participate in sports and recreation because of your amputation or prosthesis, be sure to check out Bob Radocy’s article about adaptive devices on pages 14-17. Bob’s company and a variety of other companies offer prosthetic solutions for amputees who want to participate in sports and recreation. Some amputees also participate in wheelchairs, and others, like the soccer players we wrote about in our premiere issue, participate on crutches. We understand that prosthetic devices for participating in sports and recreation can be costly and might not be covered by insurance. However, there are several organizations that might be of assistance. Go back to page 16 of our first issue of

Amp It Up! ( and read “Tools for living: Prosthetic devices help amputees ‘Amp It Up,’” by Kevin M. Carroll, MS, CP. On page 19 of that issue, there is also a list of funding resources for prosthetic devices. Whatever you do, don’t believe the myth that now that you are an amputee you can’t participate in sports and recreation. You can - if you really want to. Enjoy your spring and summer. Participating in sports and recreation is also a great way to meet new amputee friends and enhance your social network.

Rick Bowers


publisher Eureka Custom Media, LLC Editor-in-Chief Director of Communications Rick Bowers

Creative Director Michael Shannon Editorial Advisory Board Jamey French Molly French Patty Parrish Friend Jim Haag Tammie Higginbotham M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP Dr. Mark Hinkes, DPM Brian J. Johnston Jason T. Kahle, CPO Shauna Mote John Rheinstein, CP, FAAOP Jennifer Latham Robinson Neal Seigfried Stella Sieber

Amp It Up! is published 9 times a year by Eureka Custom Media, LLC.

Editor’s Request: If you haven’t already done so, please help us spread the word about this publication. Simply tell five amputees you know about Amp It Up!, and ask each of them to tell five others about it. By doing so, you will help us grow and become a more effective communications tool for the amputee community. The more people we are able to reach on a regular basis, the more we can accomplish. When amputees need to unite on a political issue; need to learn about an important event; need to know about support groups or peer support services; need to be informed about ways to prevent a second amputation or deal with pain; etc., we can be the vehicle for making that possible. But, first, we must build a regular audience that will help us reach more and more amputees. Spread the word. Help bring this community together to make life better for amputees everywhere. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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Amp It Up! Vol. 2 Issue 2  

The Health & Lifestyle Magazine for Amputees Who Want to Live More Fully

Amp It Up! Vol. 2 Issue 2  

The Health & Lifestyle Magazine for Amputees Who Want to Live More Fully