The Active Amputee - English Edition

The Active Amputee - English Edition

Bjoern Eser from The Active Amputee blog provides all the information you need to live an active and rewarding life as an amputee. He invites you on a journey to explore the endless possibilities people with a limb difference have to try out new activities, constantly pushing the boundaries and extending their comfort zone. In monthly interviews, Bjoern talks to other amputees, sharing their inspirational and encouraging stories. He chats with people from the industry, learning about new and exciting developments in the prosthetic sector. And he provides regular updates on funding opportunities, support groups and support schemes that assist amputees from managing their day to day life to fulfilling their wildest dreams. Being an amputee himself, Bjoern can draw on 15 years of experience and countless adventures on four continents. And he is more than willing to share his knowledge freely to encourage others with a limb difference to be active, to be adventurous, to be happy.The music - as always - is Urbana-Metronica (wooh-yeah mix) by spinningmerkaba (c) copyright 2011 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: Morusque, Jeris, CSoul, Alex BerozaTo learn more about The Active Amputee, check out the following linksThe Active Amputee BlogThe Active Amputee on InstagramThe Active Amputee on YouTubeThe Active Amputee on TwitterThe Active Amputee on LinkedInThe Active Amputee on Pinterest


March 15, 2023 40 mins

TAA 041: Meet Jennifer Howland, the VP Marketing, Sales and Product at Click Medical
I had the chance to catch up with the Click Medical team during its visit to Germany. So I used the opportunity to talk with Jen about the importance of adjustability in general and about the approach Click Medical has taken to enable people affected by limb loss and limb differences to live an active and exciting life style.

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TAA 040: Meet Jimmy Capra, co-founder and CEO of Click Medical
I had the chance to catch up with the Click Medical team during its visit to Germany. So I used the opportunity to talk with Jimmy about the importance of adjustability in general and about three exciting new products more specifically. 

Learn more about Joe, Click Medical, and devices to adjust a socket, please visit the Click Medical homepage. You can als...

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TAA 039: Meet Kyle Stepp, para triathlete, community organizer, and activist
We kick off 2023 with an interview with Kyle Stepp. Kyle is a para-athlete, a community organizer, and disability rights activist. In today's show, he talks about dedicating your life to using your pain for a bigger purpose and turning a privilege into a responsibility to give back.

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TAA 038: Meet Joe Mahon, the founder of Click Medical
Today I have Joe Mahon on the show. Joe is an experienced prosthetist, the co-founder of Click Medical, and the inventor of Click Medical’s RevoFit® dial that allows prosthetic users to adjust their sockets on the go.

Learn more about Joe, Click Medical, and devices to adjust a socket, please visit the Click Medical homepage. You can also take this quiz to find out ...

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August 15, 2022 11 mins

TAA 037: Phantom pain after limb loss
Phantom pain is unfortunately something that many amputees know well and experience more or less regularly. And that's why I want to deal a little bit more with this phenomenon today. In this article, you will find a first overview of theories about the development of phantom limb pain on the one hand and various treatment approaches on the other hand. If you want to delve deeper into ...

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TAA 036: Meet Jodie St. Clair from Learners and Makers
Today I chat with Jodie from Learners and Makers. Jodie and her family are juszt about to start their next big adventure: A journey that will take them all around the globe. And as always, Jodie and her family combine their passion for travel with homeschool, and more into their everyday adventures of lifelong learning and joyful making.

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TAA 035: What's in my amputee emergency repair kit?
I love traveling. Full stop. And while the last two years weren't much in terms of spending time away from the safety and comfort of my home, I used to travel a lot. Often in far flung places, off the beaten track, and far away from any prosthetist. As I never take crutches on oversee trips (and hardly on any of the trips around Europe) my prosthesis is the key to my...

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TAA 034: Hiking up East Timor's highest mountain to raise funds for people with disabilities
Combining my passion for the outdoors with a good cause. My work often brings me to countries in the tropics. Sometimes just for a few weeks. Sometimes for years. And while a high-tech knee is a great plus when it comes to being active and mobile, they soon hit their limits when water, sand, mud and rice paddies are involved. A sim...

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TAA 033: Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month Special - Did you know that...
April is Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month. In its eleventh year, this month is a fixed feature in our calendars. A month to celebrate the limb loss and limb difference community, tell the world more about us, further work towards real inclusion and increased participation, and be proud of how far we have come. As Amplitude Magazin...

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TAA 032: Meet Nate Denofre, a double amputee who canoed the length of the Mississippi
Nate is a double amputee from Michigan. In 2020, just when the Covid19 pandemic put an end to many adventures all around the globe he canoed the length of the Mississippi River, source to sea. "You cannot prepare for such a trip. o you learn while you are already on the water!" Listen to his story, learn more about his support work f...

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TAA 031: Meet Lasse Madsen from the sports tech startup Levitate
Today I talk with Lasse W. Madsen,  the CEO and Co-founder of the sports tech startup Levitate. Lasse is an amputated runner himself and his mission is to give people with disabilities simple access to affordable sports equipment they need to live an active life. His company Levitate produces running blades that amputees can install themselves.

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TAA 030: Lifehacks for a good fit of your socket
Most amputees know that the key to an active lifestyle is a well-fitting socket. Most amputees also know that the process to get a well-fitting socket can be long, tedious, and often frustrating. And to make things even more complicated, even if you manage to bring this process to a successful end - read: If you have a socket that feels good, is comfortable to wear all day long w...

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TAA 029: Meet Enock Glidden: Developing  a can-do attitude and achieving your goals
Today I am talking with the always amazing Enock Glidden. Born with Spina Bifida, Enock is no one to shy away from a challenge. This lead him to climb big wall mountains volunteer as an ambassador for Paradox Sports, and make outdoor activities more accessible through his collaboration with Maine Trail Finder.

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December 15, 2021 16 mins

For more information, visit The Active Amputee.

The music - as always - is Urbana-Metronica (wooh-yeah mix) by spinningmerkaba (c) copyright 2011 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: Morusque, Jeris, CSoul, Alex Beroza

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November 15, 2021 16 mins

TAA 027: Hiking in the Himalayas

After a week in Kathmandu, mostly in meetings and with little to no exercise, I decided to use my day off to walk up to Shivapuri Peak, a few kilometers north of Nepal’s capital. With 2,725 meters the peak offers amazing views over the Kathmandu valley and - if you are lucky and you have a clear day - over the Langtang mountains, a range of 6,000 and 7,000 meters peaks towards the Tibetan bo...

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TAA 026: Four seasons - four regions - four hikes as an amputee

Here is an update on a project of mine that has been in the making for long. Far too long actually, if you ask me. I am talking about this year's walking project. A project I have been playing around with for some time. A project I have been changing over and over again until it finally felt right. A project that might take up to two years to complete.

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September 15, 2021 13 mins

TAA 025: Review of the 3R80 from OttoBock
Looking through my analytics from the blog I noticed that a review I did of OttoBock's 3R80 some time back still attracts loads of interest from the audience. So I thought I re-publish this article as a podcast, make it easier to find, and thus bring it back to people's attention.

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TAA 024: Meet Josephine Bridges, the chair and trustee of Positive Bones
Josephine just completed the three peaks challenge - that is summitting the three highest peaks in England, Wales, and Scotland - to raise money for her charity Positive Bones. She tells us about this adventure, the motivation that drove her to set up her own charity, and other issues of the wider limb difference community.

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TAA 023: Meet Hope Gordon, who crowdfunded the costs of her amputation
Hope was suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrom for years when she decided to have her leg amputated. As an amputation was against the guidelines of the National Health System, she needed to cover the costs by herself. That's when she decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign. Five years later, Hope is a happy young woman living a life free from p...

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TAA 022: The START Foundation - Empowering amputees in life through sports
The START Foundation empowers amputees in life through sports, by providing grants to purchase sports prostheses or adaptive equipment to help people with a limb difference achieve their sporting dreams and live a rewarding, active, and fulfilled life.

Learn more about the START Foundation, support their work, or apply for grants under https://w...

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