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John Kerchner, NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answeredAnyone with a physical or cognitive disability can participate in an adaptive recreation program, provided they have an evaluation to see exactly what adaptations will be necessary and what limitations they may have. When I work with paraplegic clients I have to use hooks as hands since most quads have little use of their grip muscles. With paraplegics you can do other things because most paraplegics have use of their hands so conventional exercise machines will work for them. Truly anyone can participate in an adaptive program considering all the options available, such as machines, cables or even manual resistance exercises.
National Academy of Sports Medicine answeredDuring my undergraduate studies I completed some internship hours at a residential care facility for adolescent sex offenders. Although they did not have any physical disabilities, there was tremendous care put into designing and facilitating recreational activities because of the unique needs of these individuals. I created an extensive "game" for them to play that required no physical contact, yet included running, throwing, teamwork, creativity, strategy and physical exertion. This experience highlighted the need for a commitment to movement, recreation and physical exertion in any population regardless of the challenges they face. I have worked with many other people who had physical, cognitive and developmental challenges and have found the only thing that kept them from successful participation in an adaptive recreation program was a lack of commitment, creativity or caring. There are wonderful professionals, from occupational therapists to recreational therapists and beyond, true experts in this field that perform small miracles every day with patients of every level of disability. I agree with Challenge America, everyone can do it and it is a critical part of healing, rehabilitation and recovery.
Jason Menoutis , NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answered
Adapted physical activity programs are made available to anyone a disability (physical or intellectual). Adapted physical activity programs are programs of developmental activities, exercises, games, rhythms, and sport designed to meet the unique needs and ability levels of individuals with disabilities.
Challenge America answeredAnyone with a physical or cognitive disability is able to participate in an adaptive recreation program. We encourage family members to participate with the person who has the disability, because the disability does not just happen to the person, it happens to the entire family, and part of the healing process has to happen together.