Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Adaptive Ice Skating

Now I know this is not the time of year to be discussing ice skating, but on this very hot day I can at least think about colder weather. Developmental Neurorehabilitation reports on an adaptive ice skating program which was evaluated. Twenty two children with developmental disabilities participated in a 1x/week group for 6 weeks. There was instructors for group lessons and individualized instruction as well. Attendance was high for the 6 sessions (83% attended). Parents reported improvements in their child's balance, lower extremity strength, endurance, self esteem and ability to participate in a group. One minor injury was reported. The authors conclude that the program was successful but would benefit from some minor changes.

Reference: Fragala-Pinkham, Maria A., Dumas, Helene M., Boyce, Megan, Peters, Christine Y., Haley, Stephen M. (2009) Evaluation of an adaptive ice skating programme for children with disabilities Developmental Neurorehabilitation 12(4):215- 223
UR - http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/17518420902980100

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