First Stride and First Things First

First Stride and First Things First provides physical therapists, prosthetists, and individuals with lower limb loss an introduction to gait training with a prosthesis; outcome measures; and fall risk, prevention, and recovery. This clinic can help participants build confidence when walking with a prosthesis and increase their safety in the event of a fall.

The full-day training is divided into a morning session for physical therapists and prosthetists and an afternoon session for physical therapists and individuals with lower limb loss.

The morning session includes a review of the gait cycle and Medicare’s K-Level functional level classification system and the various types of prosthetic feet and knees and their capabilities. Fall risk and fall prevention will also be discussed.

The afternoon session brings together physical therapists and individuals with lower limb loss. Clinic participants will be taught exercises to help build core strength and walk more effectively with a prosthesis. The clinic instructor will demonstrate how to fall and how to recover from a fall. Individual participants are encouraged to join in this practice session.

First Stride and First Things First is offered free of charge to all participants. However, registration is required.

Upcoming First Stride Clinics

More events coming soon!

March 24, 2018

First Stride Training

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Wyndham Atlanta Galleria

Atlanta, GA

Sponsored by the Georgia Society for Orthotists & Prosthetists

April 7, 2018

First Stride Training & Clinic

9:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT

Moss Rehabiltation Hospital

Elkins Park, PA

Sponsored by Lawall Prosthetics & Orthotics

April 14, 2018

First Stride Training & Clinic

9:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT

Marist Allied Health Building

Poughkeepsie, NY

Sponsored by Prosthetic Orthotic Associates

April 17, 2018

First Stride Training & Clinic

9:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT

Hilton Garden Inn Olathe

Olathe, KS

Sponsored by Decker Integrated Orthotics & Prosthetics


What People Are Saying

Knoxville, Tennessee
"The afternoon lab contained wonderful information! Learned as much as in a Gailey course! Need longer lab time."
- Suzanne Moral, PT
"The very practical approach toward the presentation was great. The attendance and eager participation of the amputees also. Perhaps have amputees arrive earlier and have full range of amputees."
- Andy Smith, DPT
"Clinical application with exercises that I can apply first thing on Monday. Need handouts with bigger print."
- Jessica Jansen, PT
"Loved the various levels of amputee participation and the treatment plan. Would be great to have parallel bars."
- Justina Linsot, PTA
"Enjoyed the hands-on experience immediately following the coursework."
- Renee Lewis, CO
"I am a 10-year amputee. It was a good refresher of things I need to be doing to improve walking. Thanks that we used in the presentation are things that anyone could obtain and use at their home."
- Wayne Buckner, Amputee
"Great job. An Awesome experience."
- Brian Campbell, PTA
"Good material and good hands on lab with actual amputees."
- David Shott, PTA
"Loved the hands-on work with the patients. More hands-on time would be great."
- Rhonda Miller, Family
New Orleans, Louisiana
"I am still talking about how much I enjoyed this course with my co-workers and how we can incorporate the skills you demonstrated in our clinical practice."
- Devon Knecht-Leon, PTA
"Thanks Chris! You are a gifted instructor. You made the topic very interesting."
- Ana Dorotan
"Liked being able to take what I learned to help others."
- Anonymous
"Small group and everyone was a part of it."
- Anonymous
"New information that will be very useful to our patients. It was great, more people need to attend."
- Anonymous
"Great instructor, engaging and knowledgeable. Would like more examples with different amputation levels."
- Anonymous
"I learned a lot of valuable skills and concepts that hadn’t been taught to me in O&P school. I would like to attend a full day of this First Things First, but it probably wouldn’t draw enough people willing to commit a full day at the Academy meeting."
- Anonymous
"This course was very engaging and informative."
- Anonymous
"The instructor was very knowledgeable on the topics covered. Kept participants well engaged."
- Anonymous
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