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Olympic marathoner’s family sues Vibram

March 27, 2015

The family of Olympic mara­thon runner Abebe Bikila in February filed a lawsuit in Tacoma, WA, federal court seek­ing up to $15 million in damages from minimalist foot­wear maker Vibram for its unauthorized use of the athlete’s name for its FiveFingers Bikila models. Bikila was born in Ethiopia and ran barefoot for their Olympic team during the 1960 mara­thon in Rome, winning that race as well as the marathon at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, which he ran shod, and his name is an important one in barefoot running lore.

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AOPA invites O&P research proposals

March 27, 2015

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on February 27 unveiled its slate of 2015 RFPs (request for proposals), inviting O&P research project submissions. AOPA has awarded the annual grants, which range from $15,000 up to $60,000, since 2009. Go to aopanet.org to view the list of 2015 research topics and download RFPs

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Sols offers direct-to-consumer insoles

March 27, 2015

New York City-based Sols announced in late February that it has secured $11.1 million in a Series B funding round to boost its consumer product pipeline. The digital insole manufacturer will use the infusion of capital to prepare for its second-quarter launch of direct-to-consumer 3D-printed insoles, according to a company release. Patients will be able to use a smartphone app to scan their feet, upload scans, and place insole orders online.

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JCSMS poster pick shows good results for percutaneous fibular fracture repair

March 27, 2015

The coauthor of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science’s (JCSMS) pick for Graduate Student Fellow Poster presented his work on February 21 at the JCSMS annual meeting in Memphis, TN, showing good results for percutaneous fibular fracture repair compared with a standard open procedure. American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine Fellow in Training Andrew Yun, DPM, presented “Percutaneous Plating of Fibular Fractures,” which detailed the use of a minimally invasive percutaneous technique that uses a plate-screw construct for distal fibular fractures.

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Becker Orthopedic consolidates ops

March 27, 2015

Becker Orthopedic announced in February that it is consolidating operations at Albany, OR-based Becker Oregon with Becker Orthopedic’s main central fabrication services at the company’s headquarters in Troy, MI. Having a single, centrally located facility will increase efficiency, expand capacity, and improve customer and technical support, according to a company release.

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Spenco 2nd Skin sales on the rise

March 27, 2015

Waco, TX-based Spenco reported in early March that sales of its 2nd Skin first aid products have climbed steadily over the last two years, rising 9% in 2013 and 11% in 2014.

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AlterG partners with PT provider network

March 27, 2015

Fremont, CA-based AlterG reported on February 25 its new partnership with the national Physical Therapy Provider Network (PTPN), based in Calabasas, CA. The collaboration will allow the PTPN’s independent rehabilitation providers to get education about AlterG technology, which includes the Anti-Gravity Treadmill and the Bionic Leg, and advice for branding and marketing their businesses.

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Hewett to head Mayo sports med research

March 27, 2015

Sports medicine expert Timothy E. Hewett, PhD, will join the Mayo Clinic on July 1 as director of sports medicine research and biomechanics. Hewett will join the Roches­ter, MN-based organization from Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, where he is professor in the departments of physiology and cell biology, family medicine, orthopaedics, and biomedical engineering and director of research for OSU’s Sports Health & Performance Institute.

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UK unis to host international PFP events

March 27, 2015

The University of Manchester and the University of Central Lancaster in the UK announced in February plans to host two international events on patello­femoral pain this September. The fourth annual International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat is scheduled for September 2-4 in Manchester and the second annual Inter­national Patellofemoral Pain Clinical Symposium is set to take place September 5 at University of Central Lancashire in Preston. For more information on the events, go to ipfrr.com

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Triton device debuts at Hanger event

March 27, 2015

Birmingham, AL-based Hanger on February 3 debuted its Triton smart ankle at the annual Hanger Education Fair and National Meeting in Las Vegas, where practitioners fit two amputee patients with the microprocessor-controlled prosthetic ankle-feet. Eight pediatric amputees, recipients of a Hanger Kids Scholarship to Camp No Limits, helped kick off the event’s February 4 opening ceremony. Hanger donated $100,000 in 2014 to establish the scholarship, which sends 100 pediatric amputees and a family member to one of the 2014-2015 camps for children with limb loss or limb difference

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