Paralympic torch inspires disability sports

A physiotherapy-led exercise programme for people with disabilities was held in London’s Regent’s Park as the Paralympic flame passed by on its way to the Olympic Park.

The event, organised by Camden Disability Sports Forum, was designed to allow adults with long-term physical or cognitive difficulties to try new physical activities.

It was timed to coincide with the passing of the Paralympic torch relay through the park, ahead of the games opening ceremony on 29 August.

Physiotherapist Rhian Fewtrell was on hand to help participants use a range of accessible sports equipment and try Paralympic sports like Boccia.

The day was run as part of the Camden Stroke and Neurology Service ‘Target exercise’ programme, which aims to support people with neurological conditions or complex disability to transition from rehab gyms to exercise programmes at local gyms.

‘The Paralympic torch relay has been a great opportunity to motivate people of all abilities to try sports such as cycling, rowing, football and Boccia,’ said Ms Fewtrell.

‘There was a good turnout to cheer on the torch and many tried activities they may not otherwise have known about.’

Later the same day, CSP member Louise Tisdale, who is chair of the British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation (BACPAR), was part of a team that carried the Paralympic torch through the centre of London.

Ms Tisdale was nominated by a colleague to carry the torch in recognition of her work as part of the amputee rehabilitation service at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust’s Maltings Centre.

For more on paralympic volunteers see www.csp.org.uk/london2012

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Robert Millett

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