Coaching is about helping people to be better, not onlybetter at sport but better in life in general. It is about identifyingindividual needs and helping everyone to achieve an individual’s aspirations ina safe and supportive environment. While reading the manual, pleasenote there are several approaches to coaching amputee athletes. Whether you area seasoned disability coach or delving into this aspect of coaching for thefirst time the aim of this resource, coupled with the workshop, is to providebackground information and an overview of some of the adaptations that are possiblewhich you can apply to your sessions. Amputation isn’tjust the removal of a limb, it is a complex surgical procedure which, accordingto the American Diabetes Association,can either be a planned procedure due to a disease such as diabetes or an emergencymedical procedure. Regardless, the physical, mental and psychological sideeffects will remain the same.
Remember that athletes have to deal with possible seriouscomplications. Research shows that associatedcomplications of lower limb amputation are infection, tissue necrosis, boneerosion and phantom limb syndrome. White, SA et al (1997) found that the most common lower limb stump-relatedcomplications were wound infection and poor healing (70%), poorly fashionedstumps (20%) and phantom pain (10%). For more in-depth information, see Appendix A.No two lower limb amputee’s (LLA) arethe same, some require no assistance where as others are heavily dependent onsupport. As a coach that may be coaching a session to amputees for the firsttime it is important to have a better understanding of your athlete’scapabilities and limitations. This is vital to deliver the most adapted and beneficialsession as possible.