Misericordia events highlight National Physical Therapy Month


First Posted: 10/7/2014

‘The Department of Physical Therapy and the Physical Therapy Club at Misericordia University are holding a series of events in recognition of National Physical Therapy Month in October, including a wheelchair basketball game and a T-shirt sale to benefit the American Cancer Society and I AM (Individual Abilities in Motion), a sports and recreation and support group for individuals who use wheelchairs and who have spinal cord injuries.

National Physical Therapy Month is a commemoration held each October to recognize the impact that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives, according to the American Physical Therapy Association.

Throughout National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Misericordia University Physical Therapy Club students are selling T-shirts for $10 in the lobby of the Banks Student Life Center on campus to raise money and awareness in the ongoing fight against the disease. Proceeds from the sale benefit the American Cancer Society and I AM.

The Physical and Occupational Therapy Clubs at Misericordia University are collaborating to hold a wheelchair basketball tournament from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 in the Anderson Sports and Health Center at the North Gate of campus. The tournament is being held to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries and the role physical and occupational therapists play in rehabilitation. The tournament features eight teams of students, balanced evenly among occupational and physical therapy majors at Misericordia. The event is open to the general public for free.

The Physical Therapy Club also participated in the Adopt-A-Highway program on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Students cleaned a section of state Route 415 near Harveys Lake. Students will also be giving free massages to runners who participate in the 19th Annual Steamtown Marathon in Scranton on Sunday, Oct. 12.

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