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Adaptive Exercise

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

Did you know there is a whole community of people out there that credit exercise for helping to give them new goals and focus in their life after injury or disability?

According to a research paper published by the University of Melbourne in Nov 2021 - Change starts with sport.

The paper lists this extensive list of health and psychosocial benefits for people living with a disability (PwD) who participate in sports:

• Increased aerobic endurance

• Decreased rates of obesity

• Decreased chance of death from cardiovascular issues

• Decreased risk of type 2 Diabetes

• Reduction of the possibility of developing some cancers, such as colon and breast cancer

• Increased bone density and muscular strength, which can protect the individual from falls

• Greater sense of self-esteem

• Sense of purpose

• Perceived physical competence

• Increased independence

• Coping abilities, resilience in the face of defeat or challenging competition

• Reduction of stereotypic movements (such as rocking back and forth)

• Reduction of maladaptive behaviors

Enjoying sport after an injury or illness

Many people in our communities have experienced significant injuries doing activities that they love, such as mountain biking, snow skiing, surfing, car racing, horse riding, or playing contact sports like rugby.

People living with disabilities and chronic conditions can resume activities they love or find new sports that can bring them health benefits, community, and adapted physical activity.

Our team at Levaro Allied comprises sport-loving Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Exercise Physiologists who love the great outdoors and truly value the benefits of functional and enjoyable movement.

If your goals include gaining strength, capacity, and new skills, our team has the experience and expertise to help support you in individualised ways, including:

  • Professional assessment and recommendations

  • Assistive technology recommendations

  • Equipment trials and customisation

  • Training in wheelchair skills and transfers

  • Strength and weight training

  • Balance and gait training

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Customised exercise programs and training at our adaptive rehabilitation gym.

Whatever your unique goals are, our team can help support you:

Learn more about our clinical team here:

Learn more about the local opportunities available to participate in sports here in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter Region.

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