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How can adaptations help people with spinal cord injuries enjoy sports and recreation?

How can adaptations help people with spinal cord injuries enjoy sports and recreation?

Jennifer Piatt, PhD

Recreational Therapist/Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Public Health, Indiana University

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Adaptive recreation, I think one of the basic things is we can think of is we all ride a bike. And so when someone has sustained a spinal cord injury, you may no longer be able to use your legs to ride a bicycle. So there’re hand cycles out there i... Show More

Adaptive recreation, I think one of the basic things is we can think of is we all ride a bike. And so when someone has sustained a spinal cord injury, you may no longer be able to use your legs to ride a bicycle. So there’re hand cycles out there in various different types, and so we adapt and find out what type of hand cycle might be the most appropriate for the individual with a spinal cord injury. A lot of other adaptations people don’t think about are everything from—if it was an individual who enjoyed sewing, or knitting or playing cards, and may not be able to play or engage in those activities the same way they did before their injury—we can adapt anything. I think I always say my favorite tools are duct tape and foam, and we can adapt any type of sporting equipment.

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How can adaptations help people with spinal cord injuries enjoy sports and recreation?

Jennifer Piatt, PhD

Recreational Therapist/Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Public Health, Indiana University

More Videos by Jennifer Piatt
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Adaptive recreation, I think one of the basic things is we can think of is we all ride a bike. And so when someone has sustained a spinal cord injury, you may no longer be able to use your legs to ride a bicycle. So there’re hand cycles out there in various different types, and so we adapt and find out what type of hand cycle might be the most appropriate for the individual with a spinal cord injury. A lot of other adaptations people don’t think about are everything from—if it was an individual who enjoyed sewing, or knitting or playing cards, and may not be able to play or engage in those activities the same way they did before their injury—we can adapt anything. I think I always say my favorite tools are duct tape and foam, and we can adapt any type of sporting equipment.

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