August 24th 2019 marked our first Bio-Tech Adaptive Swim Clinic (BASC) event. A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers, participants, and the amazing staff at the Edison Johnson Aquatics Center in Durham! Our goal was to create an opportunity for people living with amputation to gain confidence in the water while surrounded by peers and plenty of support. With the help of US Masters Swimming instructors, therapists, and other medical professionals, we experienced progress, enjoyed emotional connections, and had lots of FUN!
Some participants used prosthetic devices specifically designed for use in the water, while others left their devices on dry land.
Swim instructors from US Masters Swimming, as well as therapists and medical professionals from Duke, UNC and Elon partnered with Bio-Tech staff to guide participants through swimming basics.
We all felt the benefit of a team approach, particularly when the transition from swimming with full assistance to swimming independently occurs during a single session!
A sincere shout-out to Dennis Bongiorni, retired Chief of Physical Therapy with the Veterans Administration, Michael Murray, PT, DPT, Aquatic Physical Therapist with Duke Physical Therapy Sports Medicine, and US Masters Swimming for helping us design a unique curriculum that combined adult learn-to-swim instruction, water therapy, and emotional support.
We received very useful feedback from our participants and volunteers and are currently in the process of scheduling our next swimming event.
Future Bio-Tech Adaptive Swim Events (BASC) will be posted soon. If you would like more information about our BASC events, please contact Jennifer Robinson at 919-471-4994 ext 1469, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on adaptive sports, check out Disabled Sports USA, which provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in sports.
Photo credit: Heather Davidson, CO, Pediatric Orthotist, Animal Specialist, Bio-Tech