UNMC Faculty, Students in Kearney to Offer Free Physicals for Special Olympics Athletes
Faculty members and students in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Kearney Division and UNMC College of Allied Health Professions in Kearney, are offering free sports physical exams for athletes planning to compete in the Special Olympics. The event, called West Central MedFest, is for those from the Kearney, Grand Island and Hastings areas.
The physicals will take place Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Health Science Education Complex on the University of Nebraska-Kearney campus, 2402 University Drive.
Students in the UNMC physician assistant program in Kearney and UNMC accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing program in Kearney, will participate in head-to-toe assessments which will include vision and hearing screening, vital signs, and education on things like healthy eating and stretching before activities.
“This is an opportunity that is a perfect fit for us,” said Janet Knisley, D.N.P., assistant clinical professor, who teaches in the accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Kearney Division. “The clients we want to serve may not have access to care. If anything comes up in the physical, we’ll be able to refer them to local providers for help. Next year we’d like to expand to include physical therapists, nurse practitioners and hopefully assist the western Nebraska MedFest.”
Pre-registration is encouraged. To pre-register, go to http://www.sone.org/programs.