Educational Symposium for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Recreational Therapists and Athletic Trainers that will present research on the value of sports and recreation rehabilitation outcomes, providing an overview of disabilities and considerations for involvement in sports and recreation, as well as hands on experiences with adaptive recreational equipment. This training will equip therapist to better address the needs of individuals with a variety of disabilities interested in participating in sports and recreation. The goal of this symposium is to improve resource awareness, assist with improving long-term health and wellness, increase independence and work toward bettering community integration. Our 2017 Symposium will feature Key Note Speaker: Blake Haxton, Paralympian and US Male Rowing Athlete of the Year, Co-presentations by OSU Clinicians and featured adaptive athletes, as well as an open forum athlete panel. See below for presenter bios and course outline.
Blake Haxton contracted Necrotizing Fasciitis in the Spring of 2009 during his senior year of high school. Blake was the captain of his High School rowing team and was looking to row at the collegiate level when the infection resulted in the amputation of both of his legs, and nearly the loss of his life. After 3 months of inpatient treatment at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Blake returned home before beginning college at Ohio State in the fall of 2009. After graduating in 2013 Blake enrolled at the Ohio State Moritz College of Law and also began rowing again as an Arms and Shoulders classification sculler. He has since made the US National Para-rowing team twice and has placed 5th and 4th in the World the last two years, respectively. Blake participated in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio and was names US Rowing’s Male Athlete of the Year. He recently graduated from law school and speaks to various groups around the country when his schedule permits, including a Ted Talk (which can be found on YouTube). Blake is also an Athlete Ambassador for The Hartford.
Daniel J. Kim, MD is a physician specializing in the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. After completing his residency in 2013 Dr. Kim went on to take a position as medical director of the Wheelchair Seating and Positioning Clinic at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. As a clinician he works closely with a core group of specially trained physical and occupational therapists to ensure that the mobility needs of his patients are met using a comprehensive team approach. As an avid swimmer, runner, and cyclist himself, Dr. Kim also seeks to optimize the health and performance of adaptive athletes in his role as medical director of the newly formed Adaptive Sports Institute at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Matt Yankie, PT, DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy that works in The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Assistive Technology Center and specializes in seating and positioning, orthopedic and neurologic populations. He received his DPT from The Ohio State University and is currently involved in research regarding the prevention of pressure ulcers in wheelchair users.
Kevin Stahr, OTR/L, AT is a graduate of the Ohio State University with a masters in occupational therapy and a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein University in athletic training. Kevin began practicing as an occupational therapist at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta Georgia. He is currently an occupational therapist at the Ohio State University where he works on the spinal cord injury team in outpatient rehabilitation. Kevin serves on the board for the Greater Columbus Rowing Association Adapted Program and is support staff for the Buckeye Blitz Wheelchair Rugby Team. He is a level I classifier for wheelchair rugby.
Wendy Koesters, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS is a Physical Therapist with certifications as an Assistive Technology Practitioner and Seating Mobility Specialist at the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University Assistive Technology Clinic with focus on seating and mobility. She shares her time with the out-patient rehab center treating both orthopedic and neurologic clients. Wendy has presented at conferences on seating and positioning, including International Seating Symposium.
Sara Schiffbauer PT, DPT, NCS received her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Southern California and graduated with honors from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Currently Sara works at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in one of their outpatient clinics, as a neuro clinical specialist. Her interest in adaptive sports began with early participation in TOPSoccer and continued with adaptive surfing with Life Rolls On, in which she served as a liason to the PT School. Since working at OSU, she has become more active in adaptive recreation, participating in adaptive alpine skiing, wheelchair softball, wheelchair basketball, sled hockey and when she is able to escape to the coast, adaptive surfing.
Jennifer Fugitt PT, DPT, OCS is a physical therapist and clinical instructor at OSU Outpatient Rehabilitation. She assisted in developing the outpatient amputee program and has specialized in treating patients with lower extremity amputations for the last ten years. She is involved in teaching the amputee/prosthetic modules for the Ohio State University physical therapy students. Jennifer participates in a monthly multidisciplinary clinic for BWC patients with lower extremity amputations. She is an Amputee Coalition certified peer visitor trainer. Volunteer efforts include hosting/assisting with events for the Amputee Recreational Support Group of Central Ohio, volunteering at a Challenged Athletes Foundation’s amputee running clinic, and spending 1 week in Haiti in 2010 providing physical therapy to patients with SCI and amputations.