Amputee Paratriathletes with Peter Harsch Webinar

2 modules


Course Length
60 mins

Hope Graham

04 Mar 2019



As an introduction to paratriathlon for the amputee athlete, this webinar will cover a brief history of the amputee athletes in sports and the development paratriathlon for Tri 2, 4, and 5 amputee athlete divisions. Included will be a broad range of topics covering how to work safely and understand the needs of each of these athletes, coaching tips, and general overview of paratriathlon.

Peter Harsch
Peter is a Certified Prosthetist based in San Diego, CA. Peter’s experience in the development, customization and application of artificial limbs has made him a leader in the field. His methodical, individualized approach—which balances the skill of a technician with the responsiveness of a clinician—has made him a life-changing specialist.

Peter is a 1997 graduate of the Cal State Dominguez Hills Prosthetic Certificate Program and in 1999 he achieved ABC Certification. In October 2001, Peter joined Ossur North America, a leader in the design of high-performance running feet. Peter also began training for Ironman Triathlon competitions at this time. By 2005, he had become Ossur’s Sr. Clinical Manager and finisher in the Hawaii Ironman World Championships. This was a defining period in Peter’s practice, which incorporates the perspectives of engineer and competitor into the fitting of prosthetics for the most active amputees.

Peter was recruited by the Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Comprehensive Combat Casualty Care Center (C-5 Unit) in 2006. As the Director of Prosthetics, Peter developed a reputation for accessibility and tenacity among combat vets and ultra-competitive amputees. Under Peter’s leadership, the program developed a reputation for superior patient care.

In October of 2012, Peter and his wife opened Peter Harsch Prosthetics.


USA Triathlon Coach Webinars
USA Triathlon offers a variety of webinars designed specifically for triathlon coaches. Each webinar is approximately 60 minutes in length. Webinars can be purchased for $34.99 each and come with the webinar recording, PowerPoint slides and a 10 question webinar exam. Coaches earn 1 USAT CEU upon passing a webinar exam. A passing score is 80% or higher. Please note, webinar purchases are nonrefundable.

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Added 6 months ago, by Lawrence
Added 9 months ago, by Aaron
I am nt sure what score I got but I think some content and questions may need to be updated. The T5 class in general is where arm amputees get categorized but athletes like Grace Norman who is a BKA is a T5 and some athletes that are arm amputeees get classed in T 4 as they may have other neurologic impairments. I think that this should be made clear that it is "in general" or based upon a points system of impairment. Also, one question was whether Ironman has adopted USAT Paratriathlon rules. P marked False because they have not adopted any classifications and don't require the rules in the same way that USAT does for Olympic and Sprint competitions. This may be a correct answer but they have adopted basically a PC Open part of the rules. There was no way to look back an the presentation during taking the test to see what this presentation said about the Ironman rules but wanted to point out that they have but they haven't adopted Paratriathlon rules. Feel free to contact me about these comments. Aaron Scheidies
Added over 1 year ago, by John

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