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Training Techniques For Disabled Athletes


If you are a disabled athlete, you know how difficult training can be. After all, without your usual equipment in your usual location, you may not have the tools necessary to succeed.  You also may be looking for a new method of training. Repeating the same action over and over again doesn’t always achieve the desired results. Luckily, training for disabled athletes can be propelled forward with the right equipment and techniques.  In this article, we’ve put together five training techniques that will keep you prepared and excited for your next sport event.

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Keep in mind that some of these techniques involve low technology, medium technology, or high technology. Low technology can be crafted in your home gym. Medium technology can be purchased for a reasonable price. High technology requires a significant amount of funding and space.

You can make training decisions based on the  following criteria:

Find a Reliable Trainer

First and foremost, before any technology is used, disabled athletes must take the time to find a reliable trainer. This trainer will help you find the right equipment, methods, and techniques for your training – in addition to looking out for your well being. You will come to trust this individual with your life. Be sure to pick the right person.

We suggest conducting interviews and practice training sessions with potential trainers. This way, you can experience multiple methods of learning and decide which method you prefer. From there, narrow down trainers until you have one or two remaining. Ask these trainers to share their potential training regimen with you. Determine from this regimen which trainer to hire.

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Use An FES Training Bike

FES training bikes involve a well-established rehabilitation technique. They use an electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves. This creates muscle contractions and activity. Essentially, the bikes help reactivate muscles that aren’t being used. This keeps weak or paralyzed muscles from deteriorating over time – also keeping disabled athletes in tip-top shape. You can learn more about these restorative and rehabilitative methods through Restorative Therapies..

Find Wheelchair Friendly Gym Equipment

Being forced to move from your wheelchair to each piece of gym equipment can be aggravating. This is why some training programs and locations offers wheelchair friendly gym equipment. These tools can be approached and used without any kind of bodily transfer. By finding a facility that includes these machines, you can significantly improve your training experience.

Try a Total Access Treadmill

Have you ever wondered how individuals with cognitive disabilities use a treadmill? For example, how can the blind and/or deaf use gym equipment without being put in danger? This is why the Total Access Treadmill was created. Intended to keep individuals with disabilities safe (in addition to aging men and women), this machine offers emergency stop lanyards, iconography, and easy methods of distinguishing between moving and nonmoving parts.

Explore Guidewire Systems

The final training technique we’d like to explore in this article is the use of a guidewire system for blind athletes. This low tech training option requires a simple rope and a section of PVC. The rope can be placed along a track, a room, or a training area. The runner, walker, or jogger places his or her hand on the PVC pipe (through which the rope should be threaded), and moves forward. This allows a sense of direction and safety, assuming the track is cleared at all times. You can learn more about these systems through the American Printing House for the Blind.

by Travis White learnfit.org

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