From 15 to 18 September, Base Camp 2022, a prosthetic gait training camp, was held in Kraków. The event was attended free of charge by 6 leg amputee beneficiaries. Base Camp is the final element of our 3-year project to activate people with disabilities, which we were able to implement thanks to funding from the State Street Foundation.
The event was intended for people with a lower limb amputation at thigh level, who move around on a prosthesis. In addition to rehabilitation and classes with specialists, participants were provided with accommodation and meals in Krakow.
During 4 intensive days, a multidisciplinary team of specialists helped participants to overcome their fear of the next step and develop a correct gait pattern. Prosthetists, physiotherapists and a psychologist assessed the participants' fitness and problems in order to jointly find ways to improve economy, confidence and speed of gait.
– We started with individual interviews with each participant to make the most of every hour of the camp. The specialists working with us talked about prosthetic supplies, model rehabilitation for amputees or adapted sports. In terms of physiotherapy, we planned scar assessment and training, both with and without a prosthesis. The programme also included sessions with a psychologist, yoga and sitting volleyball lessons, as well as plenty of time for integration for the participants – comments Dr Agnieszka Wnuk-Scardaccione, Head of the Physiotherapy Team at the Back on the Run Rehabilitation Center.
The event was organised by the Rehabilitation Centre Foundation Back on the Run and the Poland Business Run Foundation. The project was supported with funding from the State Street Foundation.