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Exercise Program for People Who Use Prosthetic Devices

21 Feb

Nazareth College’s physical therapy department is offering a free seven-week specially focused exercise program as part of its Academic Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation offerings. Starting March 2 and running through April 20, people using prosthetic devices can participate every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Stadium Fitness Center on the Nazareth College campus. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call 585-389-2912.

Building upon previous and current coursework, Nazareth’s doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program students will gain hands-on knowledge in prosthetics/orthotics by examining the client’s fitness goals and working with him or her to promote overall health and wellness.

Currently, the program has eight individuals signed up, with twelve spaces available. “Ideally, we’d like a student to participant ratio of 2:1 so we are hoping to reach out to potential clients who can help our students learn, while benefitting as well from the experience,” said Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Andrew Bartlett.

One way Bartlett has acquired clients is by reaching out to Nazareth’s Office of Veterans Affairs. Jeremy Bagley, coordinator of veteran student enrollment and support services at Nazareth College, has referred three veteran amputees (not Nazareth College students) to this year’s exercise program. As veterans return home, Bagley said he sees an increasing need for such services due to the surge of walking combat patrols and improvised explosive devices used in Afghanistan.

The School of Health and Human Services at Nazareth College is a top learning institution for health care professionals. From nursing to speech-language pathology, from physical therapy to art and music therapy, the School offers challenging programs that prepare students to become compassionate, innovative and patient-focused leaders in the health care community. As the only school in upstate New York to offer both traditional allied health and creative arts therapy, Nazareth College is preparing students who will stay in—and heal—our community for generations to come.

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