Eastern Michigan University hosts First Clinics

Three First Clinic sessions were held recently at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich., for people with physical or mobility challenges.

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF)’s First Swim, First Paddle and First Dive Clinics were all held concurrently to offer a choice in adaptive water sports. The event was sponsored by the University of Michigan O&P Center and coordinated by the O&P master’s degree program students of Eastern Michigan University (EMU). More than 19 people participated in adaptive swimming, scuba and kayaking events.

OPAF- The Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation recently hosted First Swim, First Paddle and First Dive clinics at Eastern Michigan University

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“It was wonderful to see patients, students, practitioners and volunteers all interacting so seamlessly and happily in a fun and interactive way. I felt that everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed themselves,” Meghan Baley, MSPO candidate at EMU, stated in a press release. “We are so happy to have had the opportunity to host this event with the help of the community sponsors and participation of the amputee community in the area. I hope I am able to attend next year, and to see even more participants and volunteers enjoying the day together.”

A group of students, including Baley, coordinated the job of setting up the First Clinics with guidance from Wendy Beattie, CPO, FAAOP, clinical and program director for the EMU O&P master’s degree program.

OPAF 2- McKayla Hanson, a second year student in Eastern Michigan University’s O&P master’s degree program and hemipelvectomy amputee, prepares to take a kayak for a spin during the First Paddle Clinic at EMU

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