Otto Bock was founded in 1919 by the German Prosthetist, Otto Bock, to assist German soldiers injured during World War One. The 1948 International Wheelchair Games, forerunner of the modern Paralympic Games, was the brainchild of another German, Dr Ludwig Guttman. They were held at Stoke-Mandeville Hospital, England, for Allied soldiers who had sustained spinal cord injuries during World War II.

At the Seoul, Korea Summer Paralympic Games of 1988, four Otto Bock orthopaedic technicians set up a small pavilion to provide free technical services to participating athletes. From this humble beginning Otto Bock grew their commitment to all Summer and Winter Paralympic Games and, earlier this year, was appointed the official Prosthetic, Orthotic and Wheelchair Technical Services Provider for The London 2012 Paralympic Games. The company worked with the London Organising Committee to provide athletes with immediate repairs for orthoses (devices that support limbs), prosthetics (devices that replace limbs) and wheelchairs.

During the Paralympic Games, Otto Bock provided repair centres at the Paralympic Village - Olympic Park, at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Village and at Egham Rowing and Canoe Sprint Village. They also managed smaller repair centres around other competition venues and mobile units at selected competition venues.

But Otto Bock's commitment went further than just fixing what the athletes broke!! They also directly supported four Paralympic athletes, Australia's Kelly Cartwright, Russia's Svetlana Moshkovich, Germany's Heinrich Popow and South Africa's Jaco Velloen by providing state-of-the-art Otto Bock products such as the Triton Foot used by Jaco.

Sadly, South Africa's Wheelchair Basketball Team drew an extremely difficult group and failed to improve on their rankings but 23 year-old Kelly Cartwright broke the world record and took the gold medal in the Long Jump - F42/44 and silver in T42 100m; Svetlana Moshkovich took bronze in the Individual H 3 Time Trial and Heinrich Popow took Gold - and a new regional record - for the T42 100m and bronze in both the T42 200m and the T42/46 100m Relay that saw the South African team of Arnu Fourie, Oscar Pistorius, Samkelo Radebe and Zivan Smith set a new world record of 41.78 seconds.

New sport prosthesis launched for recreational athletes Ottobock launches leg prosthesis with first sport knee joint and newly developed sport foot adapter dedicated to amateur athletes looking to enjoy active lifestyles

Ottobock Healthcare, the Official Technical Service Provider for the 2012 Paralympic Games, has today launched a running prosthesis that has been specifically developed for recreational athletes. The sport prosthesis uses the latest technology in rotation hydraulics to provide momentum and stability across a wide range of terrains. From the treadmill to forest trails, the prosthesis allows above-knee amputees to enjoy running and lead healthy, more active lifestyles.

The new sport prosthesis is compact, light and sturdy and is suitable for a body weight of up to 100kg. Optimised for running sports, it comprises the new 3S80 Sport knee joint, 1E90 Sprinter Carbon Foot and the newly developed 4R204 Sport Foot Adapter. 3S80 Sports Knee Joint

The 3S80 knee joint is designed to withstand the high pressure imposed whilst running. Rotation hydraulics have been optimised for running sports; the joint dampens the extension and flexion movements in the swing phase in such a way that a dynamic movement pattern is enabled even at higher stride rates while running. The manually operated lock on the new knee joint facilitates a secure stance that can be of use during warm-ups and stretching.

1E90 Sprinter Carbon Foot

The durable 1E90 Sprinter carbon spring foot offers a particularly high energy return, making it ideal for running. Various stiffness versions of the spring are available to suit every body weight and running experience. Two soles are available; the universal sole with an all-terrain tread is suitable for running on a variety of surfaces such as forest trails, while the spike sole can be used for fast sprints, especially on an all-weather running track. 4R204 Sport Foot Adapter

The newly developed sport foot adapter joins the knee joint to the foot. A fitting guide is included with delivery of the sport prosthesis, allowing the prosthetics to accurately align and adjust the sport prosthesis for the individual. Running exercises and a user step-by-step guide are also provided for prosthetics.

"The sport prosthesis is suitable for many different types of terrain and is ideal for use on the treadmill, in the fitness studio or jogging through forest trails," said Philip Yates, Managing Director at Ottobock UK. "We're expecting a rise in people looking to try new sports following the Paralympics and this new sport prosthesis is a great solution for above-knee amputees living active lifestyles, but it can also be used for other sports that involve running, such as the long jump, high jump and javelin." Picture caption: (Further images available on request) Official Technical Service Provider for the 2012 Paralympic Games, Ottobock Healthcare, has today launched a running prosthesis for amputees that has been developed for recreational athletes. The sport prosthesis uses the latest technology in rotation hydraulics to provided momentum and stability across a wide range of terrains.