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June 2016

Steampunk offers 3D printing classes

Catoosa, OK-based Steampunk Bionics Academy in May announced four new class offerings on 3D printing: an introductory course called 3D Printing in Healthcare, as well as three practice-specific courses in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Foot Orthotics, which cover scanning, design, and 3D printing of devices.

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June 2016

AOSSM warns on early sport specialization

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) in April epublished a consensus statement concluding there is no evidence that young children will benefit from early sport specialization in the majority of sports, and that they are subject to overuse injury and burnout from concentrated activity.

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June 2016

Sigvaris buys BiaCare to build product line

Winterthur, Switzerland-based Sigvaris announced April 29 that it has completed a definitive agreement to purchase BiaCare, located in Zeeland, MI. BiaCare designs and produces short stretch wraps, compression… Continue reading

May 2016

AOPA continues to fight amputee coverage limitations at policy forum

The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on May 2 wrapped up its 2016 Policy Forum with its first-ever O&P Legislation-writing Congress. Continue reading

May 2016

IOF evaluates osteoporosis medications

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Fracture Working Group in April published its conclusions on the effect of osteoporosis medications on fracture healing. Continue reading

May 2016

BOC to drop O&P, pedorthic certifications

The Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC)’s Board of Directors in May approved a plan to sunset the acceptance of new applications for its orthotist (BOCO), prosthetist (BOCP), and pedorthist (BOCPD) certifications. Continue reading

May 2016

Homisak joins OHI central casting

Hauppauge, NY-based OHI on May 3 announced the appointment of Lynn Homisak, PRT, CHC, as central casting program consultant for the company’s on-demand pedorthic service. Continue reading

May 2016

Nolaro24 continues live web series

Middlebury, CT-based Nolaro24 in May announced dates for its upcoming live webinar series on biomechanics. The six new webinars, which the ABC (American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, & Pedorthics)… Continue reading

May 2016

ING gives $60K to fund RMPI tuition

The Elwood, IN-based Robert M. Palmer, MD, Institute of Biomechanics (RMPI) reported that OrthoSleeve brand maker ING Source has committed to a second year of scholarship support for students of the nonprofit institute. Continue reading

May 2016

Book focuses on pain biomechanics

Stuart Goldman, DPM, a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon who practices at Help for Your Feet in Owing Mills, MD, recently published his book, Walking Well Again: Neutralize the Hidden Causes of Pain. Continue reading

May 2016

Össur’s new hip OA brace reduces pain

Results from a small study of Reykjavik, Iceland-based Össur’s new Hip Unloader brace published in April showed nine of the 14 participants with unilateral symptomatic hip osteoarthritis (OA) reported an immediate reduction in pain with application of the device. Continue reading

May 2016

Diabetes drug Invokana under scrutiny

Beerse, Belgium-based Janssen Pharmaceutical’s top-selling diabetes drug Invokana (canagli­flozin) continued to come under scrutiny in April and May with new lawsuits filed, along with questioning from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) about serious potential adverse effects. Continue reading

May 2016

Freedom Innovations taps new CEO

Freedom Innovation’s Board of Directors on April 26 named David A. Smith chair and CEO of the Irvine, CA-based company. Continue reading

May 2016

JAS acquires Empi Advance ROM line

Effingham, IL-based Joint Active Systems (JAS) reported on May 3 that it has acquired the Empi Advance ROM line of dynamic braces from Empi, a subsidiary of San Diego-based DJO Global. JAS plans to reintroduce the Empi Advance ROM line by July. Continue reading

May 2016

Vorum, Nia join for 3D-printed devices

Vancouver, Canada-based CAD-CAM software company Vorum in May announced a partnership with Nia Technologies to deliver 3D-printed orthotics and prosthetics to children in developing countries. Continue reading

May 2016

Bauerfeind teams up with Mavs’ Nowitzki

Tampa, FL-based Bauerfeind USA in April hosted healthcare professionals and business partners in Dallas for a two-day event featuring Dirk Nowitzki, star forward for the Dallas Mavericks and Bauerfeind global brand ambassador. Continue reading

April 2016

Lakers celebrate Vitti, retiring head AT

The Los Angeles Lakers honored retiring head athletic trainer Gary Vitti, MS, ATC, during the first quarter of the Lakers’ April 3 home game against the Boston Celtics. Vitti, who will retire from his full-time role this summer, has been with the Lakers for 32 seasons and is the longest-tenured trainer in… Continue reading

April 2016

Reichel forms sales rep group Medlutions

Patrick Reichel, a podiatry-focused medical, surgical, and pharmaceutical brand management expert, announced in March that he has formed Medlutions, a contract sales representative group and consulting firm for the Midwest region. Continue reading

April 2016

Tekscan updates SportsAT software

Boston-based Tekscan in February released its SportsAT 2.0 for balance assessments. SportsAT, which includes a built-in balance compass to aid in rehabilitation and track prog­ress, helps lower extremity practitioners quickly quantify gait asymme­tries and evaluate rehabilitation pro­gress, and… Continue reading

April 2016

Nike releases three new easy-don shoes

Beaverton, OR-based shoe giant Nike in March released three athletic shoes newly fitted with its Flyease entry system, designed for children and adults with disabilities (See “Nike launches easy-don Flyease high-tops,” August 2015, page 66). Continue reading

April 2016

Radius Health drug cuts fracture risk

Waltham, MA-based Radius Health’s investigational drug abaloparatide-SC (subcutaneous) increases bone mineral density in the spine and hip in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis and may reduce their risk of vertebral and nonvertebral fractures, according to research presented April 1 at Endo 2016, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Boston. Continue reading

April 2016

Foot Management honors LA Rams ATs

Baltimore, MD-based Foot Management hosted the Ed Block Courage Award dinner on March 11 to honor the St. Louis/LA Rams athletic trainers as the Ed Block NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year. Continue reading

April 2016

Patients give custom devices high marks

The Winnipeg-based Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC) on April 11 released results of a patient-centered study showing six weeks of custom foot orthosis wear reduced foot and ankle pain and upped activity levels in most people who wore the devices. Continue reading

April 2016

Ongoing Care OA brace improves gait

Ongoing Care Solutions’ pneumatic unloader brace with extension assist improved various gait parameters in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA) compared with standard conservative care, according to a study published in the April issue of The Journal of Knee Surgery. Continue reading

April 2016

15 high schools get $50K each for ATs

The NFL Foundation, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), Gatorade, and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) announced on March 14 the winners of the Athletic Trainer Initiative at the seventh-annual Youth Sports Safety Summit, held in Alexandria, VA, and hosted by NATA and the Youth Sports Safety Alliance. Continue reading