UNMC students and Kearney teachers offer free physical exams September 9 for Special Olympics athletes in the areas of Kearney, Grand Island, Hastings
Students and professors from the University of Nebraska School of Nursing at the Kearney Division Medical Center and the UNMC Kearney College of Health Professionals are offering free physical exams for current and new athletes planning to compete in the Special Olympics.
The free event, called West Central MedFest, is open to athletes from the areas of Kearney, Grand Island and Hastings who plan to compete in the Special Olympics. Physical exams allow athletes to be eligible to compete in 19 different sports offered by Special Olympics Nebraska throughout the year.
Competitions are held throughout the State for regional and State events in September and October. In the Kearney area, Central City will host the State equestrian competition on September 10 and Kearney will host a competition of bowling in the Big Apple Fun Center on October 14.
Physicals will be held September 9 from 8 am to noon in the complex of Sciences of health education on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, 2402 University Drive. The building is equipped with examination rooms used in the education of students. The complex houses the UNMC health science programs.
Students will benefit from the educational experience and service, said Mary Girard, an instructor of nursing provided undergraduate accelerated nursing in the UNMC College of Nursing Kearney Division program.
“This is an opportunity that serves the community, while allowing students to grow their knowledge,” said Girard. “Customers who we hope to serve may have limited access to care. If identify anomalies or conditions of high risk during a physical examination, we can refer them to a local provider for tracking “.”
Twenty-seven students from the medical assistant of the UNMC, physical therapy and undergraduate accelerated in Kearney nursing program will participate in assessments of the head to the feet, which will include visual and auditory exploration, vital signs, physical exam and education on various topics such as healthy eating and stretched before activity. In addition to Girard, faculty members joined students physician assistant, Mia Hyde and Jannelle Reynolds and the Faculty of physical therapy, Tessa Wells and Teresa Cochran.
Pre-registration is recommended. To register, go to http://www.sone.org/programs/kearney-medfest.html.
For more information about Medfest, please contact Alisa Hoffman, firstname.lastname@example.org or at ext. 402-331-5545.