by Lyn Lomasi, Write W.A.V.E. Media Staff
Circuit training is becoming increasingly popular among people of all walks of life. It is known for its quick results as well as versatility in adaptation to many exercise forms. Circuit training is an exercise method that can be adapted to fit most forms of exercise and can even be used for those with a disability. In fact, circuit training is being used in most popular gyms and exercise programs.
Circuit training is simply a set of exercises performed quickly in small increments, generally timed and categorized. Because the exercises used can be adapted to any exercise program, circuit training can be a good fit for someone with a disability. This method of exercise can be used for injury rehabilitation, weight loss, boosting energy levels, to adapt to disability and life tasks, for strength endurance, routine fitness maintenance and most any other exercise form.
One of the main reasons circuit training is so useful is that it causes the body to adapt to different movements and positions than normal. It can exercise areas that may not be used otherwise. Further benefit, of course, lies in the ability to adapt the method to anyone's specific needs and to any form of exercise. From beginner to expert, most anyone can use circuit training in combination with various exercises at their appropriate level. Those with disabilities
will appreciate the flexibility of this customizable way to adapt to life tasks.
A very important aspect of circuit training in relation to disabilities is that it can actually help some people adapt to their specific disability. The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami is using Circuit Resistance Training (CRT) to help patients with spinal cord injuries. So far, the documented research shows promising results, with those who used the CRT reporting that certain life tasks become easier to perform after using the CRT. Reported benefits include increased fitness, as well as strength in muscles that are not paralyzed, showing that patients were able to better adapt to their disability. Currently, the research on this is a continuing effort.
Circuit training has been used in many different fitness activities for those with disabilities. In addition to CRT, water fitness is used to help someone with a disability adapt. Water fitness is relevant to those with disabilities, as some conditions (such as paralysis) may require an exercise that needs very little weight bearing down on the person. When in the water you can feel weightless, which makes it much easier for those with certain disabilities to adapt to the exercise. In turn, the exercise provides benefits that also help a person with a disability adapt to their disability as well as certain life tasks.
There are many different ways to incorporate circuit training into an exercise program for those needing to adapt to a disability. Anyone considering this should first consult with a medical professional, as every form of exercise is not for everyone. However, due to the flexibility, it is possible that circuit training could be the answer for many needing to adapt to a disability.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
To help along a grassroots cause, fundraising is generally required. In the case of persons with disabilities, this is no different. In some cases, this fundraising source will come in the form of a grant. In order to get any grants, a proposal will need to be written. When grant-writing in the form of a proposal, it is very important to know your cause, have a general plan that you can refer to, as well as know the expected outcome of the community project at hand. It is also important to have an idea of what the final costs of your cause for persons with disabilities will be. Some community development projects can change course midway, but be sure to at least have an outline of the possible outcome available as reference. This way, the proposal for any needed grants will be easier to write with accuracy.
What is Your Cause?
A potential grassroots fundraising source will need to understand what exactly your cause is, such as which group of people with disabilities you wish to help and how, and why their available grants could help. Be sure to make it known in detail in the fundraising proposal, but with simplicity, so that it is not difficult to tell what your organization's specific needs are. For example, if you simply state that you want to help people with disabilities, this gives the fundraising source very little information. If you state that you want to provide a group home to foster children who are in wheelchairs, this is much more specific. Of course, you would also include in your proposal how you plan on doing this, as well as estimated costs.
Laying Out the Proposal
The Foundation Center notes that a grant proposal needs to be laid out specifically under the directions that the funding source provides. Under an example that the foundation provides, the first part of the fundraising proposal could be an umbrella statement and summary, one page long. The second part could explain the reason why the community development project must be carried out. Two pages is the recommended length for this section. Next, you could discuss how the project will be carried out and monitored. Three pages should cover this well.
Financial Plan and Conclusion
The budget is the next discussion item mentioned. Laying out the financial plan (including grants, other fundraising, and available funds) with any necessary notes on one page could follow. Next may be the history of your organization (or it's governing organization). Include the purpose of the community development organization, as well as who it serves and how, such as "service dogs aid those in wheelchairs." This may take up one page. The final component of the grant proposal could be a conclusion that sums up all the key factors. This could be two paragraphs.
Finalizing the Proposal
Once your grant proposal is written, be sure to get a few opinions from colleagues and friends. At times, someone else can notice an error or a missed point that otherwise may have gone unnoticed. Having several sources for this will ensure that the proposal is well-written and representative of your specific community project.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
Disabled Student Athletes
by Dennis Townsend, Contributing Writer
You mostly see them during the Para Olympics competing for those same valuable medals that the fully able bodied athletes strive for and we are amazed that they can do the things they do in wheelchairs, and with artificial limbs of all types, but the one place we need to see more of them is in college competition.
Last year, the federal government here in the United States reminded all school districts that disabled students should have a level playing field when it comes to school sports. This is the opportunity for the country to live up to its ideals of equality for all. Federal guidelines call on all schools to make the needed modifications so that those students, no matter what the handicap, has a chance to compete in any sport he or she chooses. School sports programs build character along with providing physical fitness, and promotes leadership qualities and allows the culture of long time friendships which contributes to a persons well being.
You know, until just recently, the handicapped student was denied the opportunity to participate in a school's athletic organization. They were denied this chance until 1973 when the federal Rehabilitation Act was passed, and even then, it proved to be more theoretical than real when it came to sports. Many schools saw making modifications for these students to compete in athletics was to costly, and would diminish their athletic programs. While making his statements last year, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said ,”While it is a coach’s job to pick the best team, students with disabilities must be judged based on their individual abilities, and not excluded because of generalizations, assumptions, prejudices, or stereotypes. Knowledgeable adults create the possibilities of participation among children and youth, both with or without disabilities.”
There are many inspirational stories of students who overcame physical disabilities to win accolades in football, wrestling, track, and other sports. And by providing equal opportunities for the disabled athletes we are sure to hear many more such stories. The stories will not only inspire the newly handicapped person who suffers low self esteem, but could be an insperational blueprint for many of us who are able bodied who think about quitting when life throws us a curve ball.
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