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In 2011, IC's Athletics and Events Center made a splash on campus. A big one. Between the huge Glazer Arena, the Olympic-size pool, the tennis courts, and the turf stadium, the enormous facility gives IC's student-athletes mind-boggling opportunities. It does the same thing for physical therapy professor Chris McNamara, too.
Chris heads up IC's aquatic physical therapy (PT) program and teaches an aquatic PT class in the A&E Center's pool. The pool has a moveable floor and, for Chris, it makes the impossible possible.
"An adjustable floor is an area of flexibility you never ever have," Chris says. "The accessibility factor opens this program up to patients I couldn't have treated before and it gives our students another opportunity to learn a wider scope of patient care."
In a nutshell, aquatic PT utilizes the buoyancy of water to enable patients to rehabilitate muscle groups and joints in a way that is not possible on land. Having the capability to vary the water's depth means patients can have just the right amount of buoyancy-to-weight bearing for a safe therapy experience. In Chris's class, patients are matched with individual students to perform the exercises. Missy Keesler is one of her students.
"Honestly, it's awesome," says Missy, who's five years into IC's six-year PT doctoral program. "I get to take two of my loves -- being in the pool and being active -- and use them to help a person out and improve [his or her] quality of life."
Because of you, Missy is having the experiences to prepare for a career in physical therapy, and Chris has the resources to help her. We cannot thank you enough for your generosity to Ithaca College.