As an amputee, finding activities and programs that provide stress relief and support as well as strengthen the mind and body can be important to promote life vitality. Not only does it keep the mind and body active, but it also can be a good way to meet others dealing with and overcoming similar challenges.
How do I find out about activities and programs for amputees?
Amputees participate in a variety of sports and activities in addition to their daily routines. ActiveAmp.org lists the following activities/sports in which amputees participate and provides additional resources for each:
- hand cycling;
- horseback riding;
Check out the following Denver and Colorado programs for amputees and others with disabilities:
- Adaptive Adventures–Offersoutdoor adventures like skiing and kayaking for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities as well as families. Check out http://adaptiveadventures.org/
- Adaptive Sports Association–Offers ski lessons in the winter plus kayaking, rafting,overnight camping and more in the summer. Also offers scholarship and grant support. Can plan private family and group events. Check out http://www.asadurango.org/
- Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC)–Offers an adaptive ski and ride school, team-building retreats, and wilderness programs for people of all abilities and ages. Check out http://www.boec.org/
- Challenge Aspen– Offers an array of cultural, recreational and seasonal sports. Check out http://www.challengeaspen.com/
- National Sports Center for the Disabled–Offers overnight camping, certification for whitewater rafting, rock climbing and horseback riding for all ages unless otherwise specified. Check out http://www.nscd.org/index.php
- LIM359 (Living in Motion 359 Days a Year – because everybody needs a few days off) – A group providing opportunities to share experiences with other amputees in the Denver area. The group organizes events in which amputees can participate with others facing similar challenges. Previous events from 2013 included a potluck picnic, bowling outing, a back-to-football 5k run at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, kayaking and a spaghetti dinner with guest speakers. Check out http://lim359.wordpress.com/
- Amputee-Coalition.org– Provides a helpful map that visitors can use to locate support groups in their area. It returns two in Aurora and one in Greeley, in addition to the LIM359 Denver group mentioned above. But others may exist as well, so ask your medical providers if they know of any additional resources.
Legal Options for Amputees
If you suffered an amputation due to the negligence of another party, consult a lawyer about possible damages you may be due. Damages you can collect may include:
- medical costs;
- long-term care costs;
- pain and suffering; and
You must establish that another party acted negligently and that negligence caused your amputation or injury requiring amputation. Call D.J. Banovitz at 303-300-5060 or use our contact form to set up a free consultation about your possible case in the Denver area.