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Cynthia Kelleher
Phone: 410-448-6447

Kernan Hospital to Host 2nd Annual Adapted Sports Festival

September 18, 2010 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Baltimore, MD (August 10, 2010) - Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital will be holding an Adapted Sports Festival on Saturday, September 18, 2010 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Designed as a fun-filled day for individuals with physical disabilities and their families, the day will include chances to participate in hand cycling, boccia ball, wheelchair basketball, a wheelchair slalom course, and adapted golf. There will also be a quad rugby demonstration.

Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital is a member of the University of Maryland Medical System, an 11-hospital system that includes Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Maryland General Hospital, Shore Health System, Chester River Health System, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Upper Chesapeake Health System, University Specialty Hospital, R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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The Adapted Sports Festival is dedicated to enabling individuals of all abilities to lead active, healthy lifestyles. Participation in sports and recreational pursuits helps to make this possible.

The recreational therapy staff, along with other rehabilitation professionals at Kernan, encourages patients to explore a wide range of outdoor activities. This process is incorporated into the rehabilitation program at Kernan, and continues once patients are discharged back to their homes and communities.

Current and former patients, as well as individuals with disabilities living in the community, are encouraged to participate in a range of recreational activities. All activities are supervised by trained staff, taking into account individual needs and abilities. Equipment can be adapted as necessary and patients are encouraged to utilize newly developed skills and techniques acquired through rehabilitation.

Keynote Speaker for 2010 Adapted Sports Festival: Jesse Billauer

On the verge of becoming a professional surfer, Jesse Billauer sustained a devastating injury when a wave pushed him headfirst into a shallow sandbar, leaving him paralyzed with a complete C-6 injury. Jesse did not let this injury keep him down. His desire to get back into the water led him to develop a system in which he could surf again, and with the help of others, developed a way to get individuals with spinal cord injuries surfing.

For More Information

For more information and a schedule of the day’s events, contact Mike Henley at 410-448-6307, or

About Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation:

A 138-bed rehabilitation and orthopaedic specialty hospital, Kernan specializes in joint replacements and treatment of sports injuries; neck, back, upper and lower extremity injuries; scoliosis; trauma reconstruction; plastic surgery; and dental surgery for adults and children. Kernan's William Donald Schaefer Rehabilitation Center provides the most technologically advanced therapy for orthopaedic injuries, brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis and other neurologic disorders. Kernan is also the home of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine.