Webinar: Engineers for Athletes? A Rehabilitation Engineer's Role in an Adaptive Sports Program

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Webinar: Engineers for Athletes? A Rehabilitation Engineer's Role in an Adaptive Sports Program

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Location: Zoom via RESNA Learn

Time: 1:00pm Eastern

Title: Engineers for Athletes? A Rehabilitation Engineer's Role in an Adaptive Sports Program

Speaker: Seong-Hee Westlake, ATP, RET

Abstract: It's no doubt athletes need trainers, doctors, and coaches, but what about engineers? As a Rehabilitation Engineer for Michigan Medicine and Director of Technology and Innovation for University of Michigan Adaptive & Inclusive Sports Experience (UMAISE), Seong-Hee Westlake has played an important role in ensuring UMAISE's participants engaging in adaptive & inclusive recreation are matched with the most appropriate equipment to be their best adaptive athlete at any stage. In this session, the speaker will describe the roles a Rehabilitation Engineer play within an adaptive sports program and how their expertise in Assistive Technology can translate into the world of recreation & sports.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand Rehabilitation Engineer's role in an adaptive sports program
  2. Describe typical adaptive equipment utilized in most common adaptive sports programs
  3. Explain the elements to consider when creating adaptations for adaptive sports and recreation activity for an individual with disability

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Headshot of Seong-Hee Westlake.

Presenter Bio: Seong-Hee Westlake, ATP, RET, is a Senior Rehabilitation Engineer at University of Michigan Rehabilitation Engineering Program (UMREP). Within her role at UMREP, Seong-Hee sees and treats patients of all ages and ability level. In addition to her role as a Rehab Engineer, Seong-Hee also leads: an adaptive sports program, UMAISE (University of Michigan Adaptive & Inclusive Sports Experience), as the Director of Technology & Innovation, an adaptive gaming program, IMPART (IMProving Access to Rehabilitation Technologies), as the Co-Investigator and Accessibility Engineer, and an adaptive toy program, Tinkered Toy Box, as the Engineer and Program Manager. Outside of the University of Michigan Health System, Seong-Hee is the founder and owner of braillebot, LLC, an inclusive play and education company that manufactures braille educational toys. Fun fact – braillebot is the commercial product of Seong-Hee’s entry into RESNA’s 2012 Student Design Competition. Outside of work, Seong-Hee keeps busy playing piano at church, running, kickboxing, cooking family dinners for her husband and stepson, and going on outdoor adventures with her dog. No, Seong-Hee doesn’t believe in free time, unless it’s by accident!

Completion of the post-event survey and quiz earns 0.1 IACET CEUs.

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