Health fair highlights adaptive sports

Joshua Kellogg,

FARMINGTON — A health fair presented by the San Juan Regional Rehabilitation Hospital this weekend will highlight the use of adaptive sports as a method of therapy and offer insight into the lives of people diagnosed with a lifelong disability.

Health care

The second annual World of Rehabilitation Health Fair is set for Saturday at the Farmington Civic Center.

The event will feature a number of booths and activities set up to demonstrate adaptive sports, share information by rehabilitation experts and discuss the services offered by the hospital, according to Pediatric Coordinator and Physical Therapist Rachel Slade.

Slade said the health fair will give people with disabilities an opportunity to try new things, including a 25-foot adaptive climbing wall.

Some of the activities at the event also will give community members an idea of how people adjust and adapt to injuries and illnesses. 

“We want members of the community to connect with a patient that has a lifelong disability or injury,” Slade said.

Mark Wellman, owner of the NO LIMITS Adaptive Climbing Wall, said the wall is designed to allow people to climb with the use of a harness and pulley system.

Wellman is the first paraplegic to climb the El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations in Yosemite National Park. He said giving people with a disability or injury the chance to climb the 25-foot wall can leave an impact on them.

“It’s huge,” Wellman said. “For some people, it can be life changing.”

The event will also include a presentation by Wellman. He said he plans on talking about being injured in a climbing accident when he was 22 years old and how it has not held him back from participating in sports, including skiing.

Shelley and Cody Unser of the Cody Unser First Step Foundation will also be at the event, sharing information about adaptive scuba diving and its use as therapy and rehabilitation.

Slade said the nonprofit organization Peach’s Neet Feet will host a party at the health fair, providing children with arts and crafts activities, including decorating sugar cookies and face painting.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

If you go

What: The San Juan Regional Rehabilitation Hospital A World of Rehabilitation Health Fair

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St.