SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) hosted the 5th annual Military Amputee Advanced Skills Training (MAAST) workshop July 28-30.
Attendees included rehabilitation teams comprised of prosthetists, physical therapists and physicians from the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs (VA) and civilian practitioners from across the country.
The purpose of the MAAST workshop is to provide prosthetic fittings, therapeutic training and education to rehabilitation teams in order to elevate the physical performance of injured service member amputees.
Rehabilitation teams outside of the active-duty military spectrum will provide a continuum of care for patients after they retire or resign from military service.
"Our goal is to take the knowledge that we've developed here at NMCSD and distribute it to VA and civilian hospitals that may see our patients down the road," said Capt. Kathy Goldberg, NMCSD physical therapy department head.
The attending medical specialists learned new concepts of physical training and prosthetic ingenuity. The workshop included seminars on a wide range of topics including prosthetic fittings, walking, running sport prosthetics and advancements in bionic technology.
Peter Harsch, NMCSD lead prosthestist, caters to the individual patient by finding out what activities they are interested in pursuing and then develops the appropriate type of prosthesis for the individual. Common activities include running, biking, swimming, snowboarding, surfing and rock climbing.
Many amputees, including some still on active duty, have competed in marathons, triathlons and paralympics. Significant advancements in research, education and development within the prosthetic specialty continue to assist amputees to live active lives.
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