Adaptive Sports, Arts, Recreation, and Community Engagement

Stephanie Tow, Joslyn Gober, Maureen R. Nelson

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Adaptive sports and recreation have an important role in the lifestyle of individuals with cerebral palsy (CP). This article discusses the history of adaptive sports and the benefits of adaptive sports and recreation. Barriers and medical challenges are also thoroughly discussed, including common musculoskeletal issues, methods to prevent musculoskeletal injury, pain, fatigue, maximal exertion, and other medical comorbidities and illness. The role of health care providers such as physiatrists is emphasized to provide support to individuals with CP who either are interested in starting exercise or a sport or are already an athlete.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-158
Number of pages16
JournalPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptive performance
  • Adaptive recreation
  • Adaptive sports
  • Adaptive sports medicine
  • Cerebral palsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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