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Logan Aldridge ’09 Inspires Adaptive Athletes

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作为一个孩子, 洛根·奥尔德里奇,09年 loved finding solutions to problems around the house and backyard shed. “I’m a tinkerer and an inventor at heart,” he said. “I realized there was so much stuff that I could do much better with one little device or tweak to a piece of equipment.” 

That determination has helped make Aldridge, who lost most of his left arm in a wakeboarding accident when he was 13, a superstar in the field of adaptive 运动s. 今天, he is the co-owner of 罗利-based Adaptive Training Academy, which conducts seminars to familiarize doctors, physical therapists and others with training methodology. 

“Societally and culturally, if we have an impairment of some sort — whether it’s missing a limb, 肢体畸形, neurological —  we’ve made assumptions that we’re just less capable,” he said of his own journey to overcome such thinking. “I know what a mind-set of ‘Woe is me, why did this happen to me?看起来像. 我不知道的事, and what I was super-excited about, was the opportunity to take an unfortunate incident and potentially make it the best thing that ever happened to me.”

IMAGINING A SOLUTION

Following his accident, Aldridge charged back into 运动s as soon as he was out of the hospital, participating in Ravenscroft’s summer football training while still wearing bandages. Determined to be in optimal physical shape, he researched 适合ness regimens and 事件ually decided on Cross适合, which draws upon multiple components and includes a nutrition protocol. But could Cross适合 could be done by a person with one arm? 

His doubts were confirmed at his first Cross适合 workout. Unable to jump rope, he returned home feeling frustrated. But as he contemplated the mechanics involved with the workouts, he happened to notice a bundle of lacrosse shafts in his room — and inspiration hit. 

“我以为, ‘If I can hold this bar right at my waistline, 在中间, with the jump rope attached to it, can I rotate it enough to articulate the jump rope in a similar circle around my body?’”他回忆道. “I brought in a lacrosse shaft and taped it up, ,天啊, I think I did about a hundred double-unders that first time.”

He’s since modified dozens of exercise devices, including developing a handle that enables a one-armed person to use an indoor rowing machine and partnering with a jump-rope manufacturer to make a strap that facilitates one-armed dead lifts while maintaining bodily symmetry.

“It’s changed people’s lives,” he says of his modifications. “These devices enable them to pursue their fullest potential.”

In this feature story from ABC 11 新闻, Aldridge explores his work in adaptive sports and what being named the 适合test one-armed man on earth means to him.

 

授权他人

Adapting Cross适合 training goals to suit his needs recently earned Aldridge the title of 适合test One-Armed Man on Earth — he can, 例如, deadlift 455 pounds and climb a rope with one hand — but he emphasized that his 适合ness journey initially made the greatest impact on simple daily movements. 

“I could pick things up off the ground much easier,” he said. “I could [balance in a] squat better.” Wanting to share his successes with others, Aldridge found his way to the world of adaptive 适合ness.

“The word ‘adaptive’ was deliberately chosen as an alternative to terms such as ‘disabled,’ ‘wounded’ or ‘impaired,’”他说。. “‘Adapt’ means ‘I will do the same thing you did, but differently.’”  

Aldridge balances his considerable work in the adaptive training arena with his role as regional market manager at LifeAid Beverage Company, 适合Aid制造商, the official recovery drink of Spartan races. 今年夏天, Adaptive Training Academy will host what Aldridge calls “the Super Bowl of adaptive 适合ness championships” in Chicago.

As for holding the title of 适合test One-Armed Man on Earth, Aldridge’s pride extends beyond what the achievement means to him personally.  

“I’m absolutely an athlete and a competitor at heart, but it’s not about me winning,” he said. “It’s about the empowerment and education of others that can then enable them to pursue their fullest potential.”