We are not even half way through the year and the students of DPTA’s Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) have been movers and shakers in their communities and the profession! Please keep reading for the latest happenings with the SSIG. With 8 more months to go, who knows what else they will accomplish! For any questions about their events, please contact Nicholas Rech at .
Reach 100 Photo Contest
The University of Delaware PT students are still in the running to win the Reach 100 Photo Contest. Please help to put them in the lead by liking their photo, sharing it with your colleagues and encouraging them to like the photo. For your vote to count, you must click the photo and then like it. The contest ends this Wednesday April 30th.
Magic in Motion
In January of this year the SSIG held its second annual Magic in Motion event for Girl Scouts in the area. The Magic of Motion badge teaches 6th to 8th graders how to be physically active and demonstrates the role exercise plays in healing the body and maintaining health. This initiative also invites girls to investigate professions that use exercise for healing. Please click here for additional details about this event.
The SSIG would like to include the Boy Scouts of America in the Magic in Motion program next year. If you or someone you know can help the SSIG partner with the Boy Scouts of America for this educational program, please contact Nicholas Rech at .
Participated in Preston’s March For Energy 5K and Family Fun Day on May 18. The mission of Preston’s March for Energy is to provide adaptive bikes to children with special needs and to support education, awareness and a cure for Mitochondrial Disease.
Rent a PT student
DPTA students participated in the 2013-2014 Marquette Challenge, an annual grassroots fundraising effort coordinated and carried out by physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students across the country to support the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s mission.
Students raised funds for the Marquette Challenge by renting their services to professors, who then made donations for the time and work of the students. The SSIG has considered expanding their efforts to include patients in their clinic, and even opening it up to community members in the Newark area.
Keep Punching 5k
Students in the University of Delaware Doctor of Physical Therapy program conducted a wellness screen at a 5K for the Keep Punching Organization at Goucher College on May 31, 2014. The event consisted of a blood pressure/heart rate screen, foot posture analysis, and administration of the bench step test to determine aerobic capacity. Students also interacted with community members to promote overall wellness and explained the benefits of physical therapy.
Vince Moore, a PTA student at Delaware Technical Community College set up a meeting between the PT’s and ATC’s at A.I. Dupont with representatives from the Kirkwood Soccer Club. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss providing ACL screening for the soccer teams.