Adaptive bicycle event planned

The Family Health West pediatric therapy team will join in an adaptive bicycle trial and fitting day.

Grand Mesa Medical, Numotion, Colorado Discover Ability and Mesa County School District 51 also will participate in the event, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 in the parking lot of the Victory Life Church, 2066 U.S. Highway 6 & 50 near Fruita.

Anouk Kincaid, a physical therapist with experience in adaptive sports seating, and Missy Combs, a pediatric occupational therapist, will lead efforts to help children, teen-agers and young adults ages 3 to 21 who are unable to ride traditional bicycles because of disabilities.

The therapists, equipment suppliers and selected volunteers will help assess what adaptations might be needed as well as make adjustments to cycles. Participants will receive a written record of the recommendations they can take back to their own therapy teams.

“Information will be available for participants seeking to purchase their own equipment along with potential resources that can help purchase adaptive sports equipment,” said Nick Saller, therapy director at Family Health West.

“We are excited about this very important event,” Kincaid said. “In our practice we have had the opportunity to help some clients acquire adaptive sports equipment. But it’s hard to get access to a variety of equipment in one place. We are hoping that by organizing this event, we can serve a larger number of our local population and give them the ability to trial a variety of cycles and maybe find the right one that meets their needs and matches their disability.”

For additional information about the event or schedule an appointment for a fitting, call 858-2572.