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!

Feb. 24, 2018

First Stride Training & Clinic

9:00 am - 3:00 pm EST

International Institute for Orthotics & Prosthetics

Tampa, FL

Sponsored by the International Institute for O&P in conjunction with the IIOP Challenge Series

March 3, 2018

First Stride Training & Clinic

9:00 am - 3:00 pm EST

Bridgewater Place

Knoxville, TN

Sponsored by Choice O&P

March 10, 2018

First Stride Training & Clinic

9:00 am - 3:00 pm MST

Anatomical Designs Office

Bridgeport, WV

Sponsored by Anatomical Designs

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


What People Are Saying

Spartanburg, South Carolina
"Great event. Looking forward to attending more"
- Vivian Dunlop
"Very natural movements. Robin and Chris made this session very enjoyable"
- Andy Finneran, Participant
"Evidence based knowledge with practical hands on practice. Excellent organization of available evidence"
- Michael Arambula, DPT
"Falling down can be a scary thing. Falling down when you have a prosthesis can be scarier. However, falls happen, that is reality. Knowing how to fall and how to recover from a fall is such a basic need for people with an amputation, yet often overlooked. It was educational as a prosthetist to learn how to teach people how to fall, how to recover from a fall, and how to communicate with others who may try to help them when they fall."
- Rachel Friddle Johnson, CPO
"No matter what age a person is, addressing mobility is always important. When a person has challenges, sometimes the basics (getting up and down safely) need to be renegotiated. First Things First is a clinic from OPAF that does exactly that. It takes the individual, and their care provider and support team back to the basics of mobility. Falling is something we all do, and this program offers the skills necessary to do it with as little to no injury as possible, and then return to an upright and stable position. I would recommend this program to all rehabilitation centers and therapy groups."
- John Kinder, Participant
Bridgeport, West Virginia
"It's easy to find fall prevention training, but not easy to find training in safe falls and recovery. This clinic successfully tackled the difficult task of training Clinicians and patients in fall strategies and recovery."
- Ann Devine-King, PT
"Well thought-out course with a new perspective to treatment."
- Gebrielle Way, PTA
"Would love to have the slides from the PowerPoint presentation to reference for my patient education. Would have liked more time to practice movements on each other prior to patients."
- Kristi Shaver, PTA
"This was my first CEU course and I thought highly of it."
- Amber McKenna, PTA
"I really enjoyed the hands on to practice part of the course. Chris did a great job presenting."
- Nicole Papageorgiou, DPT
- Anonymous
"Great time!"
- Donald Shepherd, participant
"I learned a lot."
- Larry Phillips, participant
"Thank you! Please come again!"
- Doug Horning, participant
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