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Social participatory benefits of adapted dynamic cycling: 'voices' from children and youth with Cerebral Palsy

Pickering, Dawn, Visser, Karen Susan, Horrocks, Lyn and Todd, Gabriela Louise 2013. Social participatory benefits of adapted dynamic cycling: 'voices' from children and youth with Cerebral Palsy. Presented at: UK Disabled Children's Research Network meeting (UKDCRN13), Newcastle, UK, 27 June 2013.

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‘Social participatory benefits of adapted dynamic cycling: voices from children and young people with Cerebral Palsy’ Introduction: Children and Young People (C & YP) with Cerebral Palsy (CP) have limited opportunities to participate in physical activities with health benefits. The objectives of this study were to explore the effect of participation in adapted dynamic cycling on quality of life of children with Cerebral Palsy? Participants and Methods: 35 C & YP (2-18 years) participated: a cycling group (n=17) and a non-cycling control group (n=18). The cycle group participated in 6 outdoor cycling sessions, using hired adapted trikes. Interviews were conducted with families, C & YP, and physical activity diaries were kept by adapting Mosaic Methods. Data were managed by NVivo and analysed for emergent themes. Results: 43 interviews and 22 diaries were collected. Thematic data analysis showed that many families, C & YP perceived improvements in pedalling skills, control of cycling speed and steering. The assessment and technical set up of the bike was paramount for this to succeed. Their voices report an increase in social participation opportunities which has enhanced their quality of life. Some of C & YP were able to illustrate their feelings with drawings and photographs. The cycle hire facility made this an affordable, accessible and supported activity. The C & YP in the non-cycling control group considered adapted cycling and 11 of these tried adapted cycling during or after the study had ended. The facility to hire adapted trikes was not available in all areas. Conclusion: Policy makers should consider providing adapted cycle hire facilities for C & YP with disabilities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Funders: Nancie Finnie Charitabel Trust
Last Modified: 06 May 2021 08:34

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