Physiotherapy and Sports Science Department in collaboration with it’s students association, the Physiotherapy and Sports Students' Association embarked on a 2-day campus outreach and sports competition dubbed “Ampe Expo” to create awareness on the essence of encouraging physical activities, exercise and incorporating our indigenous games into our daily lives. The inception of this event was through the findings of a research conducted by the department on Ampe. Ampe is an indigenous Ghanaian game played mostly by children. This was the perception until research on Ampe was conducted at the College of Health Sciences, KNUST. The research revealed that Ampe is good for individuals of all ages and it has positive health benefits on the human body. This research showed how Ampe helped reduce blood pressure, body weight, BMI, heart rate, balance, and coordination.
The Physiotherapy and Sports Science department spearheaded this research, and they decided not to let these findings rest on paper, but to implement it starting from the university campus. The 2-day event was successful with a great participation from the students within the University community. Winners of the “Ampe Expo” competition were awarded with medals and other assorted items.
Dr. Moses Monday Omonyini, the head of Physiotherapy and Sports Science Department in his remarks expressed his delight in the successful turn out of the event. Dr. Omonyini also stated that more studies are being conducted by Department of Physiotherapy and Sports Sciences to increase awareness of health and fitness in the whole university and the department is ready to bring this to the doorstep of everybody.
In climaxing the whole event, the head and student leaders of the department presented a medal and a sample of tracksuit made for the event to Prof. Christian Agyare, the Provost of the College of Health Sciences. Prof. Christian Agyare applauded the department for the innovative findings and a successful event. He also admonished them to keep on creating awareness on health and fitness through research and also such make events more efficient with a lot of publicity.