NCHPAD Resources for Management of Cerebral Palsy
Joe Austin has lived with a spastic form of cerebral palsy all his life but that doesn't prevent him from being physically active. He has found that even limited involvement in exercise, sports, and recreation is enough to give him greater mobility, independence, and joy. For example, he finds that the use of hand weights increases his strength level and helps him better manage his spasticity. He has also begun to use a walker at home for brief periods of standing in order to increase his physical endurance level, improve balance, and engage in weight bearing exercises for bone health. Recreationally, he enjoys an occasional roll in his neighborhood or an area park. He has an avid interest in wheelchair basketball and would like to someday become a coach.
NCHPAD has been helpful for Joe in providing him with information on ergometers, one of which he plans to obtain for home use, information on resistance training for people with disabilities, osteoporosis and exercise, and ways to improve balance and flexibility. Sample strengthening and stretching exercises were also provided that he can practice at home. To help Joe pursue his coaching aspirations, NCHPAD is providing him with information and contacts on wheelchair basketball.