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.
Dr. Jason Highsmith, Assistant Professor in USF's School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, talks about the 'overall' study of prosthetics and orthotics that is backed by a three year, one million dollar Department of Education grant. This study includes the work on prosthetics and rock climbing discussed on University Beat.
Dr. Jason Highsmith talks about another portion of their study of prosthetics and 'extreme sports' - one that focused on people who have lost a hand or arm.
Dr. M. Jason Highsmith, Assistant Professor, USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences
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