The main challenges they encountered were not only creating an arm which mirrored the weight and length of his sound limb so he could use it effectively, but for it to also be safe when against other opponents. The finished result was a boxing arm which mimicked the anatomical shape of a closed fist and has the same impact as a human hand, but remain durable during rounds of sparring.
The turning point
Since his final fitting James has been wearing the boxing arm every day for training, and is thrilled that he can now perfect his punch technique against able-bodied opponents. This has been a huge readjustment for James, as having a more varied range and extra reach has taken his training to the next level; “I’ve spent a lifetime with only one hand, and now I’ve got an extra six inches back on my hand!
”. He is now excited at the possibility of what his passion for boxing may lead to - “I’d love to have at least one fight in my life where I can get into the ring and compete
For James it has not only been a physical but also a mental journey, as he had previously been hesitant to get involved in the sports he enjoyed due to the lack of opportunities when he was a child. But, through continuously pushing himself, advances in upper limb prosthetics and driven by his love for boxing, he now has a prosthesis which inspires him to take on new challenges: “I wish I had the mentality I have now when I was a kid – I don’t let anything hold me back now
Being empowered by his bespoke device has spurred James on to encourage amputees of all ages to do the same and remember it’s never too late; “you never know until you try. Whatever your situation is, it is what it is and you can’t change it – but if it’s something you enjoy there’s no reason why you can’t get out there and do it. That’s all any of us can do really, be the best you that you can be