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Dev Neurorehabil. 2009 Aug;12(4):215-23.

Evaluation of an adaptive ice skating programme for children with disabilities.

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Franciscan Hospital for Children, Research Center, Brighton, MA 02135, USA. mfragala@fhfc.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe an adaptive ice skating programme designed by paediatric therapists.

METHODS:

Twenty-two children, ages 5-12 years, with developmental disabilities participated in this once per week skating programme lasting 6 weeks. Ice skating instructors led the group lessons, while university student coaches provided individualized assistance to the children. The programme was evaluated using a summative evaluation design. Outcomes included participant attendance, incidence of injuries, skating skills and parent and student coach survey data.

RESULTS:

On average, participants attended 83% of the sessions and one minor injury was reported. Participants' parents were very satisfied with the programme and reported improvements in their child's skating skills, leg strength, endurance, balance, self-esteem/confidence and ability to participate in a group. Student coaches also reported high levels of satisfaction with this programme and reported similar improvements in the children they coached.

CONCLUSION:

The programme appeared promising, but may require minor modifications.

PMID:
19842821
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