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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Empowerment3/Overcoming Barriers
INTERNS, PRACTICUMS, AND RESEARCHER VOLUNTEERS WANTED!!!

Contact: Dr. Moran (morante@jmu.edu) if you are interested

Empowerment3 is the Center for Physical Activity and Wellness for the Underserved (including individuals with disabilities and at-risk/under privileged youth)

SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
MENTORSHIP
Opportunity to serve as a one on one mentor in any of our weekly campus-based, community-based, and K-12 school programs.

COORDINATE WEEKLY PROGRAMMING
Learn to plan and develop developmentally appropriate activities for participants of all ages and ability levels.  Be responsible for the weekly implementation of programming, addressing the needs of all participants, and supporting the one on one mentors in your program.

LEARN TO CREATE APPROPRIATE EXERCISE/REHAB/THERAPY PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES (PHYSICAL, COGNITIVE, AUTISM, AND SENSORY) - Times TBA: 
This opportunity will allow students, who are interested in PT, personal training, or specifically working with individuals with disabilities the opportunity to learn how to create and conduct appropriate exercise/rehab/therapy programs for individuals with disabilities.  Individuals will get the opportunity to conduct baseline assessments, design potential programs, and gain experience implementing appropriate protocols to address the unique needs of each participant.  
Assistance needed: Conducting baseline fitness assessments; creating appropriate programs; implementing programs with individuals at least once a week; conducting periodic assessments to track progress; record data each session.

OUTREACH EVENTS
The center puts on numerous outreach events each semester.  Your passion and skills can be put to great use while gaining valuable event and programming experience.


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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

QUADRICISER STUDY (M-F between 8am-2pm; Tuesday and/or Thursday Afternoons/Evenings) - In local schools
As part of this study, participants with physical disabilities/limitations will utilize the Quadriciser a specified number of days/week for 30-45 minute sessions.  {The Quadriciser® is a passive or active, isometric, automated physical therapy system designed to manipulate the upper and lower body extremities with timed sessions and variable speed control from a static floor position. It is the first and only total body automated therapy system that offers both active and passive therapy, bi-directional manipulation, and multiple seated and lying therapeutic positions.} – www.quadriciser.com

Assistance needed: Assistance fitting each participant to the machine; conducting baseline measurements; assistance administering individual protocol each session; assistance with in-session adjustments; ensuring proper data collection.


FITNESS PROGRAMS (Tuesday and/or Thursday Evenings):  Godwin Hall
In this program all participants with disabilities wear heart rate monitors and pedometers during their workouts.  Research assistants will have opportunities to work one on one with participants and build appropriate workouts to meet their individualized goals.  We are looking at whether their heart rate/exercise intensity is influenced by the type of activity they are engaged (whether they are using a traditional exercise machine, using the X-box Kinect OR whether they are doing fun physical activities or games, but don’t realize they are working the same muscles or achieving the same goal as they would on a machine).

Assistance needed: Ensuring appropriate data collection during activities; maintenance of HR monitors/pedometers; engaging with participants during workouts; assisting in design of individual workouts.


BARRIERS TO COMMUNITY BASED PARTICIPATION
Interested students will assist with collection of survey data and get the opportunity to interview parents/guardians of children, adolescents, or adults with disabilities. No Experience necessary!


RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Duties could include:
·        Assisting with weekly testing of specific program participants
·        Assisting Dr. Moran with analysis of data collected from previous waves of Overcoming Barriers;
·        Reviewing incoming data from this wave


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