News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, July 27, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Olympics started Friday afternoon in London, but the Olympic games in Augusta got started Friday morning.
"If we can't go to the Olympics, the Olympics come to us," said patient Virginia Evans.
Rehab patients at Doctors Hospital competed in their own Olympic games on Friday.
"We chose up teams like in the Olympics, and they kept playing the Olympic theme and all and it's just like we were a mini Olympic game going on. It was fun," said cancer patient William Conover.
The events weren't just for fun, though. They incorporated important physical therapy, too.
"Everything that they did today has a therapeutic benefit to it. Sometimes they may be doing a hand-type exercise. Well today, instead of doing it with a stationary exercise bike, they may be using their hands to go above their head and down, which maybe they haven't had reason to have to do that recently," explained Director of Inpatient Rehab Dean Beasley.
The games included beach volleyball, weightlifting and even a relay.
The games weren't just good for the muscles; they were good for the soul.
"I can usually sit in my chair for about an hour and then my back becomes so painful I beg them to please get me out of the chair, but I had so much fun out here today seeing these people enjoying themselves, I actually stayed in my chair for three hours!" Conover said.
"We saw lots of people smiling and laughing today that we haven't seen do that for a while," Beasley said.
Many patients say it's the best kind of medicine.
"It does definitely help your muscles and most things you don't normally use. [You] may feel it a little bit later, but as they say, 'no pain, no gain,'" Evans said.
"Sometimes they've been in the hospital a long time and we like to bring the world back to them a little bit. With the Olympics just starting, we figured it was a good way to tie therapy and current events together," Beasley said.
In these games, everyone was a winner.
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