It can be tough for individuals with cerebral palsy to find a sport they can participate in as kids, teens, or adults. You or your child might face limitations in terms of coordination, balance, motor ability due to spasticity, stiff muscles, or involuntary movements. Finding an activity that raises your heart rate can be a challenge.
The good news is that physical impairments do not have to prevent you from enjoying sports! There’s a whole world of adaptive sports designed for individuals with different levels of mobility. In this article we’ll introduce some of these sports and highlight one in particular: RaceRunning, which is one of the most accessible and affordable sports out there for people with cerebral palsy.
What is Adaptive cycling?
Adaptive and inclusive cycling is a great way for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the freedom of movement and mobility. Bikes and trikes can be modified in a multitude of ways to suit the needs of any rider. No two disabilities are identical, so each adaptive bike is unique. Disability affects each and every one of us. Chances are good that you already know - or will soon meet - someone with a disability who could benefit from adaptive cycling equipment.
Adaptive bike and trike modifications make cycling a truly inclusive sport, allowing people of all ages and abilities to reap the many benefits of physical activity including fresh air, exercise, and social interaction. Using an adapted cycle is a fantastic way for everyone to have fun, gain more independence and enjoy a sense of freedom. Whatever type of cycle, adaptation, or support you need, there is likely to be a solution, whether you have a disability, lack balance, or want to improve your confidence.
Update: Thanks to everyone who came out! Check out this video from the event:
Formerly known as the Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive, the 9th Annual Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride presented by Long Trail Brewing is coming up on Saturday, June 22nd! This fun and inclusive event is designed to raise funds for adaptive sports and recreation programs from Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports. The goal is to raise $300,000 for VT Adaptive programs. RAD-Innovations LLC™ is pleased to announce that they will be attending the event once again with recumbent trikes and tandems for people to try out.
At Rad-Innovations, we work hard to provide mobility solutions that allow individuals with special needs to get out and enjoy all that life has to offer. We’re excited to offer the Uni-Roller (also known as the X-Jogger), an all-terrain special needs push chair/stroller for children and adults with physical disabilities.
Push chairs have a number of mobility advantages that bulkier wheelchairs don’t - including lighter weight, compact folding design, and better stability on uneven terrain.
The Uni-Roller is one of the most compact and lightest weight special needs push chairs on the market. It’s designed to stand alone as a comfortable push chair with a fabric sling seat, or to integrate with positional seating systems such as Tumble Forms, SnugSeat/R82, Special Tomato, Thomashilfen, and others. The Uni-Roller has been offered in Europe since 2002 and has passed EN standards and CE certification.
The Uni-Roller folds up quickly for easy travel and storage. The large wheels and performance tires allow you to travel smoothly on most surfaces, and offer one and two front wheel configurations for optimal indoor and outdoor performance.
When Camille Kohr wanted to ride bikes with her friends, her family turned to the team of adaptive cycling specialists at RAD-Innovations to be fitted for a Hase Bikes Pino.
Camille is a vibrant 15-year-old girl loving life with her family in California’s Bay Area. Like many girls her age, she says she enjoys things like miniature golf, bowling, camping and of course, riding bikes. But unlike many girls, the things she enjoys most aren’t always easy for her. Camille was diagnosed with a rare condition known as Dravet Syndrome when she was only a baby. She thinks and speaks a little more slowly, and experiences epileptic seizures.