Andre Barbieri

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New job alert!

Dear readers, I’d like to share good news, a new job with Hanger Clinic as a Patient Advocate. It’s basically peer visiting with amputees, something I have been doing thru PossAbilities for a while already. I’m pretty excited, luckily I fit the job description well and was in the right place at the right time. Turns out Hanger bought the clinic I had been going, and some others in the region, and they want to expand their business on...

PossAbilities – Snowboarding Leg

Loma Linda University Team PossAbilities just did it again! Another dream came true in the form of a snowboarding leg! (and other action sports) Made by Biodapt, it was developed by Paralympic snowboarding champion Mike Schultz, and I always wanted one! This is a game changer. I now have a chance to compete on the same hardware as the top guys, so it’s all up to my training now. Now this is the deal: Control what I can control. Keeping...

SDTC 2019 edition:

Another year in the books for San Diego Triathlon Challenge! It’s such a good tradition, just a solid, beautiful weekend of seeing old friends, making new ones, put on good workouts and have a good time! PossAbilities was represented by Zimri Solis and myself, besides the always excellent support of Cotie Williams and also Christina Nieto & family this year! As per usual, I did the swim. Started with my rival Mark Barr, but he smoked me as usual —remember he has...

#ProstheticDiaries 2

Hey guys, I’m following up here on a theme that I wrote about last month. I thought there were so many funny/awkward/humbling moments... so why not share? * Haven’t been to yoga too often, it’s something I want to make part of my routine. Flexibility is as important as strength, sometimes maybe even more. Every time I go to a class, I tell everyone in front of the class that my leg makes some funny sounds, specially at yoga when I’m...

#ProstheticDiaries

There's so many nuances that go with wearing a prosthetic, and it can either empower or debilitate a person. It is all up to the user. I had in one of my peer visits a fresh amputee tell me girls would never like him again because of his leg. I told him it would be quite the opposite. That leg would ATTRACT girls! While I had my own uncertainties when I lost my leg, I overcame that. The leg is...

World Paratriathlon Cup Magog – Canada

Greetings fellow readers, this is a great story... it could possibly be my last race as a professional triathlete. I'll still race events for fun, but while getting paid a scholarship from Brazil just to compete, the window is closing where they'll stop paying me, because my category is not in Tokyo 2020. Also because my category is not in, I don't get my travelling and racing fees and hotels paid anymore --gotta pay out of pocket:( I was super excited...

The Art of Preparation

What is up folks, how is everyone doing? It always amazes me how much goes into preparation for a task... be it a training session, an international triathlon trip or a surf-camping trip with a baby! If you prepare early, the chances of being late or messing something up are smaller -although they still happen! Name it and chances are I already thought ahead and had it all prepared when the time came. I am known to plan things ahead of time...

2019 Annual PossAbilities Triathlon – Success!

Hey guys, For this year's PossAbilities triathlon I had the same goal as previous years --to make sure I beat Zimri! We developed this healthy rivalry, even though we're not in the same class. Tell you what, he kept me on my toes this year. For one, I wasn't training full time like before, but still had been going strong. The main fact is that Zim's new coach is a great athlete that I personally know and like, Jamie Brown. I...

Moments of uncertainty

Hello guys, As I'm transitioning into snowboarding, lots of questions come to mind... like: --do I really have it in me, to undertake such a challenge? I'm not getting any younger... I am a father now, priorities changed a bit --I don't have the same amount of time to devote to sports, as much as I'm trying. I wanna make sure my daughter has love and my full attention, because she deserves my best! Costs also start coming -day care isn't cheap! Still,...

Educational Fair Las Vegas

Gidday folks! As I'm returning from a working trip I was thinking how grateful and lucky I am. Freedom Innovations had me as their patient model in Vegas for an Educational Fair put on by Hanger Prosthetics. It's a beautiful event that brings industry, clinicians, prosthetists and patients from all over the country. There's workshops, classes and very inspirational speeches and shows. I have been using Freedom equipment for over 5 years, helping with testing and feedback. Doesn't take me long to...