For more than 40 years, the Pediatric Exercise and Motor Development Clinic has helped children and adolescents with disabilities to gain strength and confidence through one-on-one instruction and personalized physical education plans. The PEMDC was developed in 1975 by professor emeritus of physical education, Ernie Bundschuh, and was directed for more then 30 years by professor Michael Horvat, beginning in 1985. The PEMDC is now co-directed by coach Julie Evans and professor Christopher Modlesky in UGA's Department of Kinesiology.
This clinic, which is a nine-week program each fall and spring semesters, pairs children who need assistance in physical and motor development with undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the adapted physical education class at UGA. Each hour-long session combines physical activities with swimming instruction that aims to increase each child's level of confidence and proficiency in and out of the pool. The clinic also provides research experiences for children, their families, and University of Georgia students.