Kids on the Move...Leveling the Playing Field With Youth Adaptive Sports
Section: Sports PT Section
Session Code: SP-2A-0762
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 150AB

Speaker(s):   Deanne Fay, PT, DPT, PhD
  Dianna Gates, PT, DPT

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Physical activity and participation in sports provide important health and social benefits for typically developing children and those with physical disabilities. Unfortunately, children with disabilities have disproportionately lower levels of physical activity compared with their peers who do not have a disability. The Council on Children With Disabilities Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that physical activity participation be increased among youths with disabilities by eliminating societal barriers and by encouraging health professionals to advocate for greater participation in sports and physical activities by all children, including those with disabilities. Physical therapists are in a unique position to help youths, families, and coaches overcome many of the challenges to participation. This session presents information and resources to help guide physical therapists in addressing challenges, how to find funding for and access to specialized sports equipment, and how to successfully advocate for inclusion of youths on school-based teams. Methods for using adaptive sports to help children accomplish physical therapy goals is highlighted. Case examples demonstrate successful interaction between physical therapists and community-based coaches. Participants engage in a guided activity for making specific adaptive sport recommendations for particular individual cases.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Find resources available to develop, improve, and promote adaptive youth sports programs.

2. Determine appropriate sporting activities for children with various disabilities.

3. Analyze current challenges in youth adaptive sports, explaining how physical therapists can help address them.

4. Develop a plan for assisting a child with participation in adaptive youth sports.

CEU: 0.2

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