This Workout App Makes Fitness Accessible for People with Cerebral Palsy

cerebral palsy stretching exerciseA new app is making fitness more accessible and inclusive and it’s all for a worthy cause.

The video-based app, called CPF Challenge, allows people with a diverse range of motor abilities to participate in specialized workouts. The app is part of a dedicated fundraiser challenge created by the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, a nonprofit supporting people with cerebral palsy through research and innovation.

 The goal of the challenge is to “raise your pulse, raise awareness of cerebral palsy and raise dollars for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.”

More than 17 million people in the world live with cerebral palsy, according to the nonprofit. But the majority of fitness-related apps on the market are developed without limited mobility conditions like cerebral palsy in mind. As The Mighty reports, even fewer apps offer exercises that people with and without disabilities can do together, making the CPF Challenge app particularly noteworthy.

 

“We wanted something that would not only raise your heart rate but also awareness of CP and dollars,” Richard Ellenson, CEO of Cerebral Palsy Foundation, told The Mighty. “We are excited to pave the way for increased inclusion for those with different ability levels, and we’re excited about how this app will challenge the way people think about disabilities which is, in fact, what our foundation works at on a daily basis.”

On the app, Nike master trainer Isabelle Derond demonstrates each exercise for those without limited mobility. People with cerebral palsy demonstrate adapted versions of the exercise to accommodate varying abilities. Participants who don’t have the physical ability to exercise can invite friends to complete the challenge on their behalf through the app.

Through fundraising profiles, users can set goals for the 21-day challenge and encourage people to pledge donations through their social media accounts.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/03/20/disability-fitness-app-cpf-challenge/

 

Find out more about the diagnosis and treatment of cerebral palsy: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cerebral-palsy/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354005

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