More than 25 West Coast University Doctorate of Physical Therapy student and faculty volunteered at the 2015 Spinal Injury Games in October, held at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif.
The Spinal Injury Games is a free, annual event designed for the beginning or novice wheelchair sports enthusiast, where participants experience a variety of wheelchair sports.
“Participating in Spinal Games this past weekend with my fellow West Coast University colleagues was a priceless opportunity to interact with passionate athletes while witnessing their abilities,” WCU DPT student Kenzi Mather said. “Applying our knowledge of what we have learned thus far on spinal cord injuries to real life experiences was astounding, and something I will forever be grateful for.”
WCU student and faculty volunteers were able to assist participants and spectators with activities such as hand-cycling, quad rugby, football accuracy throw, football, tennis, power wheelchair relay/obstacle course and wheelchair races.
“It was a very high-energy and fun event and gave us DPT students a great opportunity to apply our didactic knowledge learned in classes and labs to real-life scenarios and patients through observation and interaction with the participants and spectators,” WCU DPT student Thomas Swift.
Our WCU students volunteered alongside WCU occupational therapy students, as well as, physical therapy and physical therapy assistant students from University of Southern California and CSU Long Beach.