Achilles International Will Host Weekly Practice at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital


Nashville, Tenn. – The Achilles International Nashville Chapter, an organization designed to assist athletes with disabilities, will host a weekly practice at the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital beginning Saturday, June 7, at 8:30 a.m. The practice will begin on the corner of 21st Avenue and Blakemore Avenue.

In 1976, Dick Traum, an above the knee amputee, found himself approaching middle age and out of shape. After joining a local YMCA, he began running. Within a year, Dick became the first amputee to run the New York City Marathon. In 1983, seeking to provide that same opportunity to other people with disabilities, he created the Achilles Track Club, now called Achilles International.

Today, this non-profit organization has chapters and members in more than 65 locations within the United States and abroad with the Nashville chapter being the second largest chapter in the world. Every day, in parks, gyms, and tracks all over the world, Achilles provides athletes with disabilities with a community of support.

“This is a great opportunity for our patients to be introduced to an amazing organization all while practicing the skills they have learned in therapy,” said Susan Heath, chief executive officer of Vanderbilt Stallworth.

Athletes from the Nashville chapter, in addition to current Vanderbilt Stallworth patients, will be given the opportunity to participate by running, walking or pushing their wheelchair on the sidewalk around the hospital or a three mile loop around Vanderbilt. The community is invited to join or become a volunteer guide. Membership is free and community members do not have to run to participate.

About Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and HealthSouth, is an 80-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout the Middle Tennessee and surrounding areas, the hospital is located at 2201 Children’s Way in Nashville, Tenn. and on the Web at

About HealthSouth
HealthSouth is the nation's largest owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in terms of patients treated and discharged, revenues and number of hospitals. Operating in 28 states across the country and in Puerto Rico, HealthSouth serves patients through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation satellite clinics and home health agencies. HealthSouth's hospitals provide a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, complex orthopedic conditions, and amputations. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at

Source: Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital

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