Coaching is about helping people to be better, not only
better at sport but better in life in general. It is about identifying
individual needs and helping everyone to achieve an individual’s aspirations in
a safe and supportive environment.
While reading the manual, please
note there are several approaches to coaching amputee athletes. Whether you are
a seasoned disability coach or delving into this aspect of coaching for the
first time the aim of this resource, coupled with the workshop, is to provide
background information and an overview of some of the adaptations that are possible
which you can apply to your sessions.
just the removal of a limb, it is a complex surgical procedure which, according
to the American Diabetes Association,
can either be a planned procedure due to a disease such as diabetes or an emergency
medical procedure. Regardless, the physical, mental and psychological side
effects will remain the same.
Remember that athletes have to deal with possible serious
complications. Research shows that associated
complications of lower limb amputation are infection, tissue necrosis, bone
erosion and phantom limb syndrome. White, SA et al (1997) found that the most common lower limb stump-related
complications were wound infection and poor healing (70%), poorly fashioned
stumps (20%) and phantom pain (10%). For more in-depth information, see Appendix A.
No two lower limb amputee’s (LLA) are
the same, some require no assistance where as others are heavily dependent on
support. As a coach that may be coaching a session to amputees for the first
time it is important to have a better understanding of your athlete’s
capabilities and limitations. This is vital to deliver the most adapted and beneficial
session as possible.