Participation in sports, and rock climbing in particular, is able to offer many benefits to those who have lost or were born without a limb. Depending on the sport the individual wishes to participate in, there remains relatively few to no prosthetics despite the strong desire of amputees to engage in sports. Industrial designers are increasingly needed on teams to bring about change. Their skill set can help create prosthetics that are functional for a given sport, capture that sport’s essence, are aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for extended use. Together with engineers and prosthetists, they can find the right materials and methods of manufacturing to produce durable prosthetics at a reasonable price. Missing any one of these factors could lead to a product that’s largely ignored which won’t be of any help.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Prosthesis--Design and construction; Rock climbing--Equipment and supplies--Design and construction
Industrial Design (MFA)
Monica, Tyler, "Designing Better Prosthetics for Use in Rock Climbing and Other Sports" (2019). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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