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Burke Rehabilitation Hospital to Host Free Handcycling Clinic

Released August 16, 2012

WHITE PLAINS, NY – August 16, 2012 – The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital continually strives to provide the community with educational events that can help people lead healthier, active lives. For the first time, the hospital will be hosting a free handcycling clinic. The event is geared to those who cannot ride traditional bikes because of a physical disability. However, the clinic is open to all ability levels to give people the opportunity to learn more about and ride hand bikes.

In partnership with the Achilles Track Club and Helen Hayes Hospital, Burke will conduct the clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the outdoor track on the Burke campus, 785 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains.

"This is a great opportunity to try something new—regardless of ability level—and get to know others from the community," said Alexandra Oudheusden, event coordinator and certified recreational therapist at Burke. "Everyone is welcome, especially beginners."

No experience is necessary to participate as advanced handcyclists and therapists will be on-hand to assist all riders on how to use the bikes as well as how to get on and off the equipment. There will be a variety of hand bikes available to choose from and participants will be able to ride safely on Burke's closed tracks. Participants of all ability levels are welcome, however, it should be noted that all riders must enough upper body strength and movement to move the hand pedals. Gross motor function in the upper body will be enough to propel the bike; fine motor skills and hand dexterity are not as important.

A complimentary, casual dinner also will be served at the end of the clinic. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register for this free event, call 914-597-2497 or email

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke is both an acute rehabilitation hospital and medical research center. Burke's world renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art ¬treatment, while its research scientists at the Burke Medical Research Institute explore the frontiers of neurological and rehabilitation medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay.

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