Amputee athlete and actor, John Mabry, has been consulting with Swiftwick on the project. Mabry lost his right leg below the knee as a result of a car accident in Texas in 2000. Since his amputation John has obtained a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling and worked as an actor and stuntman in Hollywood films and TV. Some of his credits include: Superbad, NCIS, Cold Case, ER, and Brothers & Sisters). John has also competed in triathlons and various run and bike races around the country.
John has had the fortune of working alongside hundreds of amputees in various capacities over the last 10-years. Although he has seen the prosthetic industry make huge strides over the last decade, one area that has made very little progress is in managing moisture and sweat accumulation inside the prosthesis.
“Of all the advances I have seen in my own prosthetic legs over the years, I have literally seen no solution offered on the market that minimizes or eliminates the pooling of sweat inside my prosthesis when I exercise, compete or even play in the backyard with my kids,” says Mabry. “This technologically advanced sock, with its moisture management capabilities, is a far superior solution to anything I have ever seen on the prosthetic market.”
Swiftwick believes it can make a significant impact on the quality of life for all amputees who don their newly designed liner sock specifically designed to be worn by lower leg amputees underneath their prosthetic liners. The current standard for moisture management for amputees is to wear their prosthetic limb, liner, socks and any other equipment they need as long as possible until the moisture and sweat buildup gets so uncomfortable that they have to take off their prosthesis, pour the sweat out, dry their limb off and put everything back on again. This is a cumbersome process that can take up to 5-minutes for some people.
All design, manufacturing and testing elements to date have taken place in Nashville and the greater middle-Tennessee area. Initial product tests have been conducted with the Nashville-based Amputee Blade Runners, a non-profit organization that provides free running prosthetics for amputees. The amputee athletes who have tested the product so far have recorded a significant decrease in the pooling of sweat inside their prosthetic liners, some as much as a 90% reduction. Some of these same testers have also smashed previous personal best times in recent races.
Lauren Mullen, a below knee amputee, put the moisture-wicking capabilities of Swiftwick’s socks to the test during the St. Jude Country Music ½ Marathon on April 28, 2012. Typically, Lauren can only run about 3-miles before having to take her leg off, dump sweat out and put everything back on again. However, wearing a Swiftwick sock under her prosthetic and liner allowed her to run 9-miles before having to stop to adjust her leg. Lauren is currently training for the 10k distance run at the upcoming Endeavor Games. Mullen says of her training with the new stump sock, “I have been doing a lot of sprinting and a lot of distance running in preparation for my race. Wearing the Swiftwick sock underneath my prosthesis has kept me from getting blisters. I will be speaking out about these incredible socks to all the amputees I know because I know the difference it makes for me.”
Swiftwick believes the moisture wicking properties of our sock technology, infused into the amputee athletes’ training and competition regime will reduce athlete’s times by reducing irritation and blisters that accompany the pooling of sweat inside the prosthesis,”
Swiftwick will be on hand at the UCO Endeavor Games in Edmond, OK June 7-10 to provide their new high performance socks to amputee athletes competing in the Games. The Endeavor Games is a nationally recognized competition that allows all athletes with disabilities to participate in a multi-sport event.
Headquartered in Brentwood Tennessee, Swiftwick is a performance wear manufacturer that proudly employs the American workforce in high quality textile manufacturing. Swiftwick’
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