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Importance of Physical Activities for people with Physical Disabilities

Sport can play a key role in the lives and communities of people with disabilities, the same as it can for people without a disability.  Research has shown sport and physical activity has been linked to improvements in self-confidence, social awareness and self-esteem and can contribute to empowerment of people with disabilities.

Benefits:

  • Physiotherapists have a positive perception of sport and physical activity and see it as a significant part of therapy to help increase physical movement and mobility.
  • Physical activity or exercise can improve your general health and reduce the risk of developing additional diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
  • Sport can develop confidence and improve fitness but it’s also a great way to have fun and make friends. There are tremendous physical and psychological benefits.

 

Activities and Organisations for Disabled People

There are increased opportunities for people with a disability to participate in physical activities, clubs and community associations and casual recreation.  We have listed below some examples of physical activities and organisations that provide a platform for disabled people to actively take part in sports and other physical activities.

Disability Cycling

The benefits of cycling are the same for everyone, regardless of physical ability or condition – it is fun, healthy and enables people to get around effectively and sustainably. These benefits may even be magnified in those with disabilities, as there may be fewer other opportunities for exercise and mobility. With the correct adaptations to tricycles and riding technique, cycling can be enjoyed by everyone.

An example of a type of tricycle that can cater for all is Freedom Concepts as they are designed to accommodate the needs of individuals with all types of disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Angelman Syndrome and Rett Syndrome. Any bike can be further customized and adjusted to the exact specifications and unique requirements of the rider, ensuring that each Freedom Concepts bike is a perfect fit.

Check them out Here

 

WheelPower

WheelPower is the national organisation for wheelchair sport in the United Kingdom, and aims to help people with disabilities improve their quality of life.  WheelPower has developed a range of sports activities and nowadays aims to deliver a bright future for wheelchair sport.

Check them out Here

British Wheelchair Athletics Association (BWAA)

BWAA arrange different athletic sports activities like shot put, discus, javelin, and club. They have expert and trained coaches to provide assistance and guidance. They set meetings on the second week of every month and anyone who is interested in getting involved is welcome to join them.

Check them out Here

 

Riding for the Disabled (RDA)

RDA is a UK-wide organisation comprising some 500 volunteer groups throughout the country. Each group makes it possible for disabled people to try horse riding and delivers real and lasting therapy to its riders and drivers, which not only benefits mobility, coordination and confidence, but does so in a fun and enjoyable way. The Riding for the Disabled Association would love to hear from anyone disabled if you would like to try horse riding.

Check them out Here

 

Frame Football

Frame Football was first launched in 2013 and provides the opportunity for children who are unable to walk unaided but do not require a wheelchair to play football. Many of these children use a walking frame for mobility like the Buddy Roamer. Frame Football brings a group together to play an adapted game that suits their needs.

Check out the Buddy Roamer walking frame shown in the photo below Here

Buddy Roamer

 

Sport and physical activity not only benefits mobility, coordination and confidence, but does so in a fun and enjoyable way.  Try some of these activities for yourself this summer!

 

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About Austen

My name is Austen Burns, Digital Marketing Consultant at Moorings Mediquip and I will be uploading blogs and news for you to read. I have a disability called Cerebral Palsy (CP). This affects my movement and co-ordination and as a result use a walking frame or mobility scooter to get around. I have a Degree in Computing & a Masters in Marketing, in my spare time I have always been involved in disability sports, competing in both disability swimming and equestrian at international level. My main focus has been on Equestrian where I am currently on the Irish Para dressage team. Despite having had success internationally I am yet to make a Paralympic team and with Tokyo 2020 coming closer it would be a dream to make this happen. As a consultant for Moorings Mediquip I hope to write fresh online content, information and debate within the disability and health fields, as well as work on many new digital marketing initiatives throughout 2017.