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Exercise For Kids With Special Physical Considerations

Patricia O'Keefe Girbal • Registered Dietitian • Sep 15, 2012

Children With Special Considerations

All children need to be physically active. A child with a chronic health condition or disability should not be excluded from physical activities.  Many activities can be adapted to accommodate the child's limitations so they can participate in individual, group organized activities, and sports.
Some examples of activities that can be adapted are:
  • swimming
  • weight lifting
  • horseback riding
  • bicycling with hand pedals
Consult your child’s doctor about which activities are safe and if the activities can be adjusted to meet your child’s needs.  

Overweight Child and Exercise  

kids exercising

An overweight or even a less coordinated child may feel uncomfortable in competitive sports, so activities everyone can participate in, regardless of skill, may be best. Some activities that are less dependent on skill level include
  • Walking
  • Biking, playing outside
  • Flying a kite
  • Sledding
  • Bowling
  • Tag








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Written by Patricia O'Keefe GirbalWritten on Sep 15, 2012Last updated on Sep 02, 2013




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