By Chris Teh
In order to improve confidence and the health of its clients, the Physiotherapy Unit of Sultan Azlan Shah Rehabilitation Centre organised a sports day recently.
Around 15 of the centre’s clients aged 40 to 65 partook in the event, with an array of purpose-made games such as throwing balls into baskets and indoor cycling. Students from UniKL Royal College of Medicine, Tunku Abdul Rahman University and MAHSA University in the midst of their physiotherapy degree practice at the centre were involved as helpers.
“This is our first activity for the year,” said Datin Malathi Selvadurai, the head of administration. “We have a few other events lined up for the year. This sports day focuses on physical therapy.
“Apart from motivating our clients to always do better, sports day is also an opportunity for them to gather and socialise,” she added. “Such an event is also a learning curve for future physiotherapists, especially students undergoing training at our centre.”
“I love this activity. It helps improve my confidence a bit,” said Madam Choo, a 54-year-old client. “I also have a reason to move around.”
“I thank the organisers of the sports day programme because it definitely helped improve my knee pain,” said another client, 76-year-old Abdul Aziz. “Besides that, the games are so much fun and enjoyable. The people involved are also very positive and encouraging.”