In late June (20th), the Biokinetic Humanitarian Project conducted its first event in Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN), Durban, to the KZN Blind and Deaf Society. This was successfully conducted in association with the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences Department students, . The intervention was led by senior lecturer and KZN co-ordinator for the BHP, Dr. Rowena Naidoo.
At least 40 athletes and administrators whom were either deaf or blind participated in this BHP intervention. Although many of the participants were considered to be ‘athletes’, the majority of them did not participate in any physical activity, other than once a week of unstructured sport. Results from the initial testing showed overall poor fitness and health screening scores such as poor muscular strength and selected individuals presenting with increased glucose levels. The intervention included health education with a focus on the importance of exercise and its relationship to chronic disease management and a practical component emphasizing proprioceptive activities, core exercises and strengthening
The follow-up session at the KZN Blind and Deaf Society was conducted on August, 14th by the UKZN Biokinetic students. Twenty participants attended the follow-up session and overall it was a successful event both creating awareness of Biokinetic services, health education and exposing the field of Biokinetics to students and the broader community. More focus should however be on these communities for future programmes. For this the BHP aims to transcribe all documents and educational pamphlets into braille to assist all populations.
“Overall, a very good, interactive and informative session for students and participants.”
Humanitarians in Action!