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
Different types of extracurricular sports options can help make it possible for people with disabilities to participate in a variety of sporting activities. Electronic, segregated, unified, parallel and regular sports all are options for persons with disabilities. There are some major and minor differences between these five methods of extracurricular sports activities available to students with disabilities.
Electronic sports are those extracurricular activities in which the results are computed electronically. These types of sports are useful to those with disabilities, as they can make game play more accessible, depending on the individual's disability. This can also prevent any unfair scoring from taking place. An example of an electronic extracurricular sport is bowling. In bowling, a computer keeps track of the turns and scores of players. It is all displayed on a monitor near the bowling lane. Other electronic sports for extracurricular activity include the shot put, the high jump, track and field and power lifting.
In parallel sports, those with disabilities run their sports activities during a certain meet or event after or at the same time as those without disabilities. For instance, if the event in the competition or track meet is a long jump, those without disabilities would complete their event together. Then, immediately following would be the same event for individuals with disabilities. At times, the two groups may participate together in the same event. Paralympics is one example where parallel sports are effectively used for students with disabilities. Special Olympics is another organization that employs parallel, extracurricular sporting methods.
When students with disabilities play on segregated sports teams, they play and compete only with each other. They do not compete in extracurricular activities with individuals who do not have disabilities. This is common in special programs created for individuals with disabilities. Many public and private schools offer these options to students with disabilities. The disabilities can be either mental or physical.
Unified sports are those in which students with disabilities participate in the extracurricular sports activities with others who do not have disabilities. An example of unified sports would be a team for students with disabilities accepting those without disabilities to play on their team for reasons of either filling team number requirements or just to be inclusive of everyone. The same could occur in reverse where a "regular" sports team allows students with disabilities to participate.
This, of course, is when students with disabilities play on "regular" sports teams. Similar to unified sports, everyone plays together. However, the difference is that with regular sports, there may or may not be mention of a student's disability. Accessibility issues are addressed when or if they arise. For instance, someone who has a prosthetic arm or leg could play along with students who do not have any physical disabilities. This type of interspersion is often done to foster the notion that everyone is equal and should play and compete on teams together.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
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