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NBC's Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge to feature New England farmer and Hanger Clinic ExoSym user Phil Stevens

Barre, Mass., June 17, 2016 – On Monday night, June 20th, tune in to NBC's Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (10/9c) to see New England farmer Phil Stevens compete alongside his family, and test his physical limits with the ExoSym (IDEO) brace from Hanger Clinic.

Stevens ran the largest dairy farm in Massachusetts in Barre, until he fell off the roof of his barn and landed on concrete, breaking both of his heel bones. Unable to manage his farm, he lived with significant pain for years and was considering amputation. Through his daughter, Nellie Zarif, who is a Worcester-based Hanger Clinic prosthetist, he discovered the ExoSym, an energy-storing medical technology initially designed for wounded soldiers.

Stevens has had incredible success with bilateral ExoSym devices and now he's not only back to running his farm, but recently tested his physical limits with the devices on the new NBC show. Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge is a show inspired by Spartan Race, the world's leading obstacle course race, and features teams of five players competing in an intense physical challenge through various obstacles.

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Watch Stevens share his story here:

About the development of the ExoSym – While working at Brooke Army Medical Center at the Center for the Intrepid, Ryan Blanck, LCPO invented the IDEO to meet the need to restore mobility to active duty and retired service members with lower extremity traumatic injuries and neuromuscular deficits. The technology enabled them to not only walk pain-free, but also run, jump, and sprint, and even return to various forms of duty, including combat deployments. After Blanck joined Hanger Clinic in 2013, the ExoSym, an evolution of the IDEO that is lighter, thinner and stronger than the original version, became available to the civilian population for the first time.

About Hanger Clinic: Founded in 1861 by the first amputee of the Civil War, Hanger Clinic, a business unit of Hanger, Inc., owns and operates 750+ patient care clinics nationwide. The certified clinicians of Hanger provide patients with the latest in orthotic and prosthetic solutions, including microprocessor devices for those with limb loss and neuromuscular technologies for those with paralysis due to stroke, MS and other debilitating conditions. For more information on Hanger Clinic, visit, and follow us at and  


Krisita Burket, Hanger, Inc.

Beth Hallmark, Hanger, Inc.

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