After His Leg Was Amputated, He Created A Solution To Help Him — And Others — Continue Succeeding In Sports

"Now others can accomplish activities they never thought they could again."

After a snowmobile accident left him with his leg amputated above the knee, "Monster" Mike Schultz set out to find some way to get back into the sports world. Instead of looking around for someone else to help, he tapped into the creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial side of himself and created a solution that is helping him and others like him get back up and try again.


"Seven months after my amputation, I was able to come back and build my own prosthetic and compete in the biggest action sports stage in the world," Schultz says in a 60 Second Docs video, recalling the 2008 accident and making the most of the aftermath. "It was my proudest moment."

That was the start of a new venture for Schultz, who has since started a company called BioDapt that make devices known as the Moto Knee and the Versa Foot. According to the company's website, the "goal is to manufacture the highest quality and highly versatile components that allow amputees to participate in sports and activities." Furthermore, the equipment is intended for everyone from pro athletes to the average person.

"Right away I knew that this was going to be a game-changer for amputees," Schultz said, with the BioDapt website noting that it took nearly two years of development. "Now others can accomplish activities they never thought they could again."

Schultz himself has used these lower-limb prosthetics and utilized them to dominate in sports once more, successfully adapting his new body to the activities he loves. This has led to Schultz medaling seven times at the ESPN Summer X Games, where he still competes in events such as adaptive snocross and motocross. By putting his mind to work, Schultz is able to still do the things he loves and help others in the process. To him, it's all about trying to make a difference.

"The most valuable thing you can do is have a positive focal point," Schultz said. "It doesn't just happen — you gotta make it happen. You look at all these big finished products and these goals I've accomplished. They all start the same way. You gotta take that first step."

Watch the full 60 Second Docs feature on Schultz here:


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