The use of bicycles as a therapeutic tool for children with disabilities
Cycling has health and social benefits for the entire population:
Cycling is an aerobic exercise, which works on large muscle groups and is an accessible tool from childhood to old age. Riding can be practiced outdoors, at home and on exercise bikes.
Cycling has a positive effect on mood: reduces depression and fatigue, develops balance and coordination.
Cycling is good for a healthy population and especially for people with disabilities.
Many studies show that sports activities strengthen children with disabilities their self-confidence, improve body image, and provide a sense of competence. In the population of the disabled and blind in general, there is a problem in developing a leisure culture for pleasure and physical activity in order to maintain fitness in particular. The bicycle industry addresses these two needs.
For children with reduced mobility, cycling imparts a sense of control over movement that they are unable to experience independently. This experience is significant the more limited the child is in mobility.
Vehicle propulsion skills are especially important for children who in the future will be mobile in a motorized wheelchair.
Cycling is a therapeutic tool that combines physical and social goals and with the help of appropriate equipment can suit almost everyone.
We at ELIA believe that the foundations for a healthy, emotional and physical lifestyle should be given from an early age.
The bicycle activity at ELIA is made possible thanks to the contribution, volunteering and involvement of Sterncast employees.