Ottobock offers chance to try snowsport prosthesis

The Worldwide Paralympic Partner’s ProCarve prosthesis is approved for use in competition. 11 Mar 2017
Ottobock at Sochi 2014

Two Ottobock technicians are pictured at work in the Coastal Paralympic Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

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By IPC and Ottobock

Worldwide Paralympic Partner Ottobock will continue its support of current and aspiring and snowsport athletes from 17-19 March, as it offers the chance to try its ProCarve prosthesis.

An Ottobock Ski Clinic will take place in Auron, France, at the ANICES Stage de Glisse where amputee alpine skiers and snowboarders can try ProCarve for themselves. More information, including how to register, can be found to the left of this page.

The Ottobock ProCarve provides targeted support for ambitious athletes in their individual alpine winter sports. Designed especially for skiing, this high-activity sports prosthesis has integrated, high-performance dampers that control the flexion and extension movements for users with an above- or below-knee amputation. ProCarve is also suitable for other sports, such as wakeboarding, snowboarding and water-skiing.

More information about ProCarve can be found at Ottobock’s website.

Following rigorous testing in partnership with Tyrolia, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ski bindings, World Para Alpine Skiing and World Para Snowboard has approved the use of the Ottobock ProCarve in competition without a ski boot.

The testing was conducted to confirm that the ProCarve meets the same standards as ski boots for binding attachment and release.

This decision provides significant performance and safety benefits for users such as optimum ankle functionality, movement and control and reduced weight.

When used in conjunction with a rigid ski boot, the ProCarve foot is restricted. However when secured directly into the ski bindings the user can benefit from its full range of movement and has greater control. A boot can also be eliminated from the user’s equipment, removing extra weight.

Launched in 2014, the ProCarve is the world’s leading ski prosthesis. Used by skiers and snowboarders it provides users an alternative to mono-skiing or skiing with a single leg using outriggers. It is designed with adaptable damping that is adjusted for each skier’s or snowboarder’s ability and style.

All use of the ProCarve in World Para Alpine Skiing and World Para Snowboard competitions must comply with the sport’s equipment rules.

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