Major Dave Rozelle turns amputees into athletes.
After losing his right foot in Afghanistan during a mine explosion in 2003, Dave returned to active duty in Iraq 20 months later to command a cavalry troop. For Dave, nothing is impossible. Now he works at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. inspiring and training other amputees that with perseverance, hard work, and some amazing technology they too can do anything they want. He also skis with his family and regularly competes in Ironman triathlons.
From its primitive beginnings to sophisticated present to the exciting visions of the future, prosthetic engineering helps amputees return to the lifestyles they were accustomed to.
In the past, prosthetic devices were designed for basic functionality or aesthetics. But today’s prosthetic devices use microprocessors, computer chips, and robotics to allow amputees to live lives unimpaired by their condition.
Companies like College Park share in the desire to return amputees to their desired lifestyle. In business for over 25 years, College Park specializes in designing custom built prosthetic feet with sophisticated dynamic response systems and superior range of anatomical motion. They match gait and balance to ensure the right fit. These prosthetics are so good that leg and foot amputees, like Dave, can stride right past you and you’d never know they were missing a limb.
In this episode of the Product Design Show, Allison and Vince show how College Park uses Creo Parametric to design some of the latest and most advanced prosthetics available today.