Athletic Trainers Making Use of Wii Fit Plus

Elaine Starkey donated the Wii Fit Plus she won at the Wellness Fair to the Athletic Training room.Elaine Starkey donated the Wii Fit Plus she won at the Wellness Fair to the Athletic Training room.The Albion College athletic training room’s start to the campus’ theme year of wellness got an unexpected lift when Elaine Starkey, ’13, donated to the Kinesiology Department the Wii Fit Plus she won at the Aug. 25 Wellness Fair.

Head Athletic Trainer Sara Koski, Assistant Athletic Trainer Jenny Sims, and athletic training faculty members Carol Moss and Scott Michel are already incorporating the Wii into rehabilitation and strength training exercises with Briton athletes.

“The Wii Fit Plus makes rehabilitation fun and the only thing that is limited now is our creativity in how to best introduce this technology into the athletic training room,” Michel said. “It allows us to tailor modalities for each individual athlete.”

More than 30 vendors and wellness-related organizations participated in the Wellness Fair, offering everything from organic vegetables to stress evaluation techniques and financial planning services.

Albion College's Year of Wellness (2011-12) is dedicated to enhancing physical, psychological, occupational, cultural, environmental and spiritual well-being on campus and within the Albion community. A core focus of the College's strategic plan, wellness is emphasized through regular informational, creative, and interactive opportunities specifically designed for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.