Crutch rig attached to a snowboard made by Buddy Elias

Crutch rig attached to a snowboard made by Buddy Elias

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Description (Brief)
Metal crutch with a gray circular arm holder and a black plastic handle mid way down the crutch for gripping. The crutch had a yellow foam sleeve taped just under the handle and covering the end of the crutch which is inserted into the right boot which is attached to the snowboard, 2016.0087.01.1. The crutch is then secured with an adjustable red packing strap which gives extra support to the crutch rig.
In 2000, Buddy Elias lost his leg below the knee to Buergers Disease, an inflammatory disease of the blood vessels which can lead to reduced circulation in the extremities. A recreational snowboarder and skateboarder, Elias did not stop participating in the sports he loved but chose to adapt his snowboard equipment to fit his changing physical needs. Elias is now a double amputee using a wheelchair to grind curbs as if it were a skateboard. Elias plans to get back to his extreme sports as soon as he is able and will adapt his equipment further to satisfy his urge to play.
Object Name
crutch rig, adaptive sports
crutch rig
date made
Elias, Buddy
Elias, Buddy
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
foam (overall material)
overall: 35 3/4 in x 6 in x 3 1/2 in; 90.805 cm x 15.24 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Adaptive Sports
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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