BEST BPI ATHLETIC SLING YET

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Christopher
Posts: 845
Joined: Wed Jun 18, 2003 10:09 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc: Date of Injury: 12/15/02

Level of Injury:
-dominant side C5, C6, & C7 avulsed. C8 & T1 stretched & crushed

BPI Related Surgeries:
-2 Intercostal nerves grafted to Biceps muscle,
-Free-Gracilis muscle transfer to Biceps Region innervated with 2 Intercostal nerves grafts.
-2 Sural nerves harvested from both Calves for nerve grafting.
-Partial Ulnar nerve grafted to Long Triceps.
-Uninjured C7 Hemi-Contralateral cross-over to Deltoid muscle.
-Wrist flexor tendon transfer to middle, ring, & pinky finger extensors.

Surgical medical facility:
Brachial Plexus Clinic at The Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN
(all surgeries successful)

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
~Theodore Roosevelt
Location: Los Angeles, California USA

BEST BPI ATHLETIC SLING YET

Post by Christopher » Mon May 14, 2012 2:33 pm

After being injured almost 10 years and searching high & low for a sling/brace that would allow me to be athletic again, and buying at least 20 different ones (making 3 of my own, 2 with prosthetic specialists) this is the only one that has stood the test of time.

I highly recommend it, and so do a lot of other BPIs.

Below is the first entry in a post about the sling.
Click the link to read others' testimonials.

Christopher


http://ubpn.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=18806
Athletic Arm Sling
by Dan » Wed May 28, 2008 6:32 pm

(Updated) March 2012, by Dan

The original post for this message was over four years ago, so I thought it was time to update it. We have now made over 100 slings for people around the world from the US, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, Scotland, New Zealand, China and Australia, plus a few more. The best part has been that we have been able to help so many of you get back active in sports and enjoying life again. An added benefit to me is that I have talked to most of the people getting them and have established some nice friendships. Thank you to all of you who have given so much feedback and suggestions on how we can make them better, we continue to make adjustments and hopefully make them even better for the people getting them today.

If you are reading this for the first time, the sling we created is designed to secure your arm to your body in such a way that it allows you to be very physically active without having to worry or think about your arm. If you have tried to do any sport, you know your arm bounces around and generally gets in the way, you also know your daily sling does a very poor job of holding your arm in place. We do have a few people who use the sling as their daily sling as they like that is holds their arm in place better than most others will.

We make three different slings:
Sling #1- Running: is designed for running, has less material, thinner straps and should be cooler for longer runs. This is also the sling most women order as it is smaller and they don’t need the bigger size for the other sports. You can use for all sports but might not feel as secure as the all around for some because the pocket is not as deep. (This is the one I use for all my sports)

Sling #2 - All around: is designed for more all around sports, it has a deeper pocket, thicker straps and will give greater support for a wider range of sports like basketball, snow skiing, off road motor sports and other activities that are more abrupt in movement. You can also use for running, but will tend to get hotter.

Sling #3 - Fused wrist: is designed for someone who has a fused wrist, positions the arm up toward the shoulder and keeps the hand from sticking out. You don't need a fused wrist to get this one, I would consider it if you like the idea of having your arm higher on your chest and angled up toward your "good" shoulder. If you have a fused wrist, please get this one. (still making adjustments, but it is still good for the fused wrist)

To see some pictures of different people wearing the sling,
Go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/athleticarmsling/

The current cost is $104.00 plus shipping.

Here are the measurements we need: All in Inches Please

1-Right or left arm.
2- Length of arm from back of elbow(below tricept, above elbow) to tip of middle finger. Measure with the arm at a 90 degree angle.
3- Inseam to Inseam, only around the back, with arms down, just under the middle of the armpit. Not the entire way around, half way. (Should be no more than 20-23 inches)
4- Inseam to Inseam, with arms down, just under armpit, all the way around! Back and Chest
5- Nipple to Nipple
6- Height & weight
7- Sling #1 (Running), Sling #2 (All around) or Sling #3 (Fused Wrist)
8- Color (We are making most in Gray because they retain less heat from the sun which helps on those long runs or bike rides. We can and have made them in a variety of colors, just ask)

E-mail information above to: danielbaldrich@yahoo.com

Once I get the information, I will send you the credit card order form.

If you have any questions, you can call me at 818-636-8109.

All the best,
Dan

FYI, I avulsed all five of my nerves in 1986 at the age of 18 and had the intercostal surgery to give me some function of the bicep. I have done most sports over the years and this sling is my way of helping others get back active again and not have to spend years trying to do something with their arm so they can be athletic.

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Christopher
Posts: 845
Joined: Wed Jun 18, 2003 10:09 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc: Date of Injury: 12/15/02

Level of Injury:
-dominant side C5, C6, & C7 avulsed. C8 & T1 stretched & crushed

BPI Related Surgeries:
-2 Intercostal nerves grafted to Biceps muscle,
-Free-Gracilis muscle transfer to Biceps Region innervated with 2 Intercostal nerves grafts.
-2 Sural nerves harvested from both Calves for nerve grafting.
-Partial Ulnar nerve grafted to Long Triceps.
-Uninjured C7 Hemi-Contralateral cross-over to Deltoid muscle.
-Wrist flexor tendon transfer to middle, ring, & pinky finger extensors.

Surgical medical facility:
Brachial Plexus Clinic at The Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN
(all surgeries successful)

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
~Theodore Roosevelt
Location: Los Angeles, California USA

Re: BEST BPI ATHLETIC SLING YET

Post by Christopher » Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:42 pm

bump

ASC
Posts: 113
Joined: Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:41 am
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc: OBPI

Re: BEST BPI ATHLETIC SLING YET

Post by ASC » Sat May 03, 2014 8:18 am

A sling is one of the hardest items to fit for a person with BPI. Maybe material that helps with compression?

I should consider myself lucky not to seek an item. I have worked throughout my life exercising my limb. It's amazing how many positive results I can see and feel. Some muscle mass, tactile, movement, and strength.

Tony/ASC
ROBPI/Adult

Dan
Posts: 170
Joined: Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:08 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc: Injured 5/11/86, had just turned 18 yrs old
Evulsed C5-T1
Intercostal into Bicep 10/86
Location: Los Angeles
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Re: BEST BPI ATHLETIC SLING YET

Post by Dan » Thu May 22, 2014 6:49 pm

Check out some of the recent pictures of people doing life with one arm.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/athleticarmsling/

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