NHL Lockout Opens Opportunities For UCO Students

Kristin Bogda, a student in the University of Central Oklahoma Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, administers a health screening for a Oklahoma City Barons hockey player.

Oct. 3, 2012

Media Contact:  Courtney Bass, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121, cbass4@uco.edu

NHL LOCKOUT OPENS OPPORTUNITIES FOR UCO STUDENTS

The National Hockey League (NHL) lockout opened up a transformative learning opportunity for kinesiology and health studies students at the University of Central Oklahoma.

The Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies administered health screenings for the Oklahoma City Barons hockey team in the UCO Wellness Center and the kinesiology laboratory in the Human Environmental Sciences building this past Saturday.

“The Barons’ pre-season fitness tests are usually done with the National Hockey League team, the Edmonton Oilers,” said Greg Farnell, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology and health studies. “Central was asked to conduct the tests this year because of the NHL lockout.”

More than 25 players arrived at Central by bus on a staggered schedule throughout the day.

Farnell, along with Jaci Olson, Ph.D., associate professor, and Jill Robinson, instructor supervised the students conducting pre-season testing for the hockey team.

“This exciting transformative learning opportunity not only allowed Central students to work with professional athletes, but also created a solid community partnership,” said Farnell.

For more information about the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies visit www.uco.edu/ceps/dept/khs or call 405-974-5230.

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Editor’s Note:  Download art to accompany this release at www.uco.edu/photo/Barons10.12.

Cutline:  Kristin Bogda, a student in the University of Central Oklahoma Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, administers a health screening for a Oklahoma City Barons hockey player last Saturday as a part of a new partnership between the team and university brought on by the NHL lockout.