Marge’s story: how fitness builds independence

Marge's story: how fitness builds independence
Posted on Thu 9 Jul 2020

Uni student Marge has CP and is working with CPA exercise physiologist Russell to improve her independence and ability to balance and support herself.

A pivotal momement for Marge's determination to improve her fitness was when she fell in the middle of the road while out alone and was unable to get up. From that moment Marge's mum, Ramonita made it a priority to work with Russell towards the goal of Marge being able to get up from the floor unassisted. 

Russell is also helping Marge to get up and down the stairs, as there are lots of stairs at uni campus and also at home. Russell has been delivering sessions via Telepractice during COVID and has modified the exericse to suit the home environment.  They've been worked towards the same goals at home and Marge is now able to get up from the floor by herself without assistance, which has built her confidence and independence. 

Russell, Marge and her mum Ramonita are thrilled with how well Telepractice.is going and with Marge's progress, Marge loves the convenience and flexibility, and thinks it's a good option to contiue with, in combination with in-person sessions, when Marge is busy at uni. 

"You still get that one on one time with your EP, it feels more personal," says Marge of the Telepractice sessions. 

 

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Prioritisation of strategies to optimise gym participation for young adults with cerebral palsy: A Delphi study. This research is being conducted by La Trobe University and CP-Achieve and is open to young adults with cerebral palsy aged 16-30, and their parents/caregivers, plus health professionals and gym workers. 

Researchers at UNSW are conducting a project which aims to validate a Neurodevelopmental Assessment Scale (NAS) and would like to recruit parents/caregivers of children with a Neurodevelopmental Developmental Disorder (NDD) to assist with the validation.


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