PT Classroom - Sports and Children with Physical Disabilities ׀ by Marķa A. Ocasio-Silva, MD & Kathryn Greaves, MPT
Kathryn Greaves graduated from UW- Madison with her Master of Physical Therapy degree. Her training in physical therapy includes pediatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, vestibular and women’s health. While attending Madison, she was also a member of the UW- Madison Women’s hockey team. Kathryn is currently a physical therapist at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
Sports and Children with Physical Disabilities
physical, mental and social benefits derived from sports
participation for all ages and abilities are widely accepted.
Research examining the influence of physical activity, exercise and
sports participation on individuals with and without disabilities
Special tests are ordered depending on the history and the physical
exam. The only mandatory special test is AAI screening for Down
syndrome patients who participate in sports that place stress on the
head and neck. The highest risk for AAI is between ages 5 and 10.
Cervical radiographs – including lateral, flexion and extension
views – need to be ordered. An atlanto-dens interval of more than
4.5 mm is abnormal and requires further evaluation.
Last revised: August 4, 2010