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Exercise Program for People Who Use Prosthetic Devices

  • Published: February 17, 2012

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Exercise Program for People Who Use Prosthetic Devices

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. – 9:30 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in the Stadium Fitness Center on the Nazareth College campus. Registration is required. For more information, contact (585) 389-2912. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618.

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 services like this 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.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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